There is much rumor and speculation surrounding the May 15 [article id="1663922"]shooting death[/article] of [artist id="3573337"]Cali Swag District[/artist] member Mante "M-Bone" Talbert, 22.
At press time, TMZ was reporting that Bone was possibly murdered by a "jealous man," who threatened Talbert over Twitter. An unnamed woman, claiming to be M-Bone's girlfriend, told the popular website that the man lived in their apartment complex and was envious of Cali Swag District's success. She went on to tell TMZ that at around 10 p.m., Bone used her car and said that he was going to the studio.
The gossip site is also reporting that a man known as "Bubba" was in the car with M-Bone when the shooting occurred. After the shots were fired, Bubba, who made a cameo in the group's "Teach Me How to Dougie" music video, was struck with shards of glass in the face and hospitalized for his wounds.
As of Tuesday morning (May 17), the Inglewood Police homicide division could not confirm any of this information for MTV News.
What Inglewood PD homicide Sgt. Brian Spencer could confirm to us is that at about 10:30 p.m. PT Sunday night, police were called to the 400 block of North La Brea Boulevard in Inglewood. When they arrived on the scene they found Talbert seated in the driver's seat of a black vehicle with at least two gunshots to the head. M-Bone was then taken to a local hospital but eventually succumbed to his injuries.
In a statement released on Monday, a rep for Cali Swag said that M-Bone "was the victim of a random act of violence."
Bone was one-fourth of the group that rose to fame with their 2010 platinum single "Teach Me How to Dougie." The song was an ode to the dance popularized by 1980s rap legend Doug E. Fresh, and its remix featured Jermaine Dupri, B.o.B, Bow Wow and Red Café.
The Inglewood Police Department is asking anyone with information to come forward and call its homicide division at (310) 412-5246 or its 24-hour anonymous hotline number, (888) 41 CRIME, or (888) 412-7463.