Fifteen years ago today rapper Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times following his attendance at a victorious Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas. Following the fight a and a quick wardrobe change, ’Pac and Death Row mogul Suge Knight were shot multiple times while sitting inside of Knight’s black BMW. Tupac Shakur was hospitalized for nearly a week where he eventually succumbed to his gunshot wounds. MTV News was hand following the shooting leading up to ’Pac’s final days. In one of our first retrospective pieces, we take a look back at the day the hip-hop world stood still.
Tupac and Suge Knight left Knight’s home at around 10:30 PM to go to Club 662. By 11:15 that evening, they were heading east on Flamingo, just coming to this intersection here at Koval. They were driving a black BMW 1996 model. Knight was driving, Tupac was in the passenger’s seat. Along the passenger’s side came a late model white Cadillac. From inside, shots were fired, 14 of them. Tupac was hit four times, twice in the chest, once in the arm, and once in the thigh. Knight was mildly injured by some bullet fragments; but he promptly floored the car, spinning it completely around and took a U-turn so it instantly headed east on Flamingo.
With Tupac bleeding profusely in the passenger seat, Suge Knight was able to get his vehicle just about a mile away from the site of the shooting, something of a miracle given his condition, the condition of the car — which had a flat tire — and the fact that the traffic on the strip after a heavyweight fight in Vegas is something to behold. They made it to this corner here, Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue, where they were finally pulled over by the Bike Patrol, who radioed ahead to paramedics, who swept them off to University Medical Center — their evening out in Las Vegas ending just a few steps away from where it had begun, the MGM Grand.
Shortly before midnight, Tupac was brought here, to UMC’s Trauma Center, where he was immediately operated on, and then again about 20 hours later.
DALE PUGH, University Medical Center of Southwest Nevada: He’s had a right lung removed, he’s back in his room, and again, he remains in critical condition. He’s in the intensive care unit.
CONNELLY: Is he conscious? Can he communicate with his doctor?
PUGH: He has been conscious, he is under a lot of medication, so he’s pretty sedated at this time. He’s severely injured. Suffering multiple gun shot wounds is obviously a terrible insult to the human body, so he’s in very critical condition, and he’s requiring intensive care, and he is receiving that, right now.