27 years after the rapper’s passing, Las Vegas police have detained a man in connection with the 1996 drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur.
Duane “Keffe D” Davis was detained early on Friday, and according to sources, he will be charged with conspiring to commit mu*rder.
Davis had made a big deal of seeing Tupac, who was 25 at the time, and hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight shot on the Las Vegas Strip in 1996.
Tupac was shot four times, according to Davis, who claimed to be one of the four people inside a white Cadillac that pulled up next to the rapper’s vehicle, rolled down its windows, and fired.
In his autobiography “Compton Street Legends,” Davis named Orlando Anderson as the shooter who killed Tupac. In 1998, Anderson, a 23-year-old member of the South Side Compton Crips gang, lost his life in another gang-related shooting.
Anderson was never charged and maintained his innocence in Shakur’s mu*rder. Although there is no statute of limitations in Nevada for bringing mur*der charges, the investigation into the shooting of the “California Love” rapper has always been ongoing.
As part of the homicide investigation into Shakur, Las Vegas police executed a search warrant at the Henderson, Nevada, home of Davis’ wife, Pamela Clemons, in July of this year.
According to a search warrant obtained by The Post, police seized several computers, laptops, and iPads from the house along with a.40 caliber cartridge, of which many of the same kinds of casings were found at the scene where Shakur was shot.
Davis provided the gun, and he actively sought out Tupac with his nephew, according to Greg Kading, a retired LAPD detective who had looked into Tupac’s de*ath, who spoke to The Post on Friday.
“Davis gave his nephew, who was in the car with them, the gun, and they all went outside with the intention of shooting Tupac. Under the charge of soliciting for mur*der, he provided the gun, and his nephew committed the shooting, making all three equally guilty.
“I am incredibly excited because this is huge,” Kading continued. We were aware that this wasn’t an open case, and it appears that they have now reached a conclusion that allows them to formally close it. Tupac’s mur*der won’t be remembered as an unsolved crime in the future.
In 2008 and 2009, while looking into the shooting dea*ths of Assata Shakur and his rap rival Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, who was k*illed in Hollywood, Kading conducted two interviews with Davis.
Knight, who was also wounded in the shooting, and Tupac were both taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada where they were both listed in critical condition.
On Sept. 13, six days later, he passed away from a cardiac arrest. Despite the fact that the shooting occurred in a well-lit public space, no witnesses came forward at the time.
There has been widespread speculation that Tupac’s mur*der had gang ties. The rapper, who belonged to the Bloods street gang, had earlier that evening engaged Anderson in combat after Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon’s boxing match.
In his book, Davis claimed that he first discussed Tupac’s shooting with federal and local authorities in 2010. He claimed that in exchange for them clearing him of the drug charges for which he was facing a life sentence, he agreed to speak with them in private.
Mopreme Shakur, the stepbrother of Assata Shakur, told CNN in an interview that Davis’ name has been linked to the mur*der for many years, which has angered him and his family.
For 27 years, no one has investigated this theory, according to Mopreme Shakur. “Why? My sister, my daughter, my nieces, and my nephews have all experienced trauma, and we are all waiting. We have been anticipating something to occur and someone to be willing to act.
Shakur, real name Lesane Parish Crooks, sold more than 75 million records globally over the course of his brief career.