The rapper was killed 27 years ago

Sixty-year-old Duane “Keffe D” Davis has been arrested and charged with murder in the drive-by shooting that killed rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas in 1996. According to the Associated Press, Davis is one of the last living witnesses to the fatal shooting and has been charged for being the “on-ground, on-site commander” who “ordered the death” of Shakur.

A Nevada grand jury indicted Davis after “several months” of being seated in the case, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo. The charges were revealed hours after Davis was arrested while on a walk this morning (Fri, Sept 29th).

Davis had long admitted publicly that he was in the Cadillac that fired the fatal gunshots. Shakur was in a BMW driven by Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight when a Cadillac pulled up next to them at a red light and fired shots. Shakur suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and died a week later at the age of 25.

Las Vegas police raided a home in nearby Hernsonson in July that is tied to Davis. They entered looking for items “concerning the murder of Tupac Shakur” and collected multiple computers, a cellphone, a hard drive, Vibe magazine that featured the late rapper, several .40 caliber bullets, two “tubs containing photographs” and a copy of Davis’ 2019 tell-all memoir, Compton Street Legend.

In his book, Davis admitted he was in the front passenger seat of the Cadillac and slipped the gun used in the killing to the backseat. Davis claimed the shots were fired from the backseat where his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, was seated with another person. Anderson was a known rival of Shakur and had been involved in a brawl at the MGM Grand prior to the shooting. Knight also suffered from gunshot wounds but survived. Anderson died two years later but denied any wrongdoing in the shooting.

The arrest brings a long-awaited breakthrough in the murder that has gone unsolved for 27 years.