L.A. rapper Blueface arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Las Vegas shooting
A rapper who was shot at the end of a music video in Las Vegas has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities said Tuesday.
Los Angeles rapper Blueface was arrested on Monday night on the Las Vegas Strip after the June 2016 shooting that killed 58 concertgoers and left more than 500 injured.
His arrest came a day after Las Vegas nightclub owner Wolfgang Puck called the police to report that a man had demanded his money. When Puck refused, the man threatened to shoot Puck’s son, who was with him, police said.
Puck was on his way home when he saw the man, who he had seen leaving his nightclub, standing outside and demanded money, according to police. The man demanded that Puck drop him off at his car before driving away, police said.
The man, whom officers described as being about 35 years old, left the scene, then returned when he heard that Puck was at the hotel. He stood outside his hotel room, then jumped in his car and drove away, they said.
Officers later spotted the man driving in a nearby parking lot, and he was taken into custody.
The case has sparked fierce debate on social media with some arguing that the attack had nothing to do with political views, and others saying the gunman was a criminal whose actions were not justified.
Blueface was taken into custody at about 3:30 a.m. ET Tuesday after officers identified him from surveillance images, according to authorities.
The rapper, whose real name is Christopher Dias, was arrested on suspicion of committing an attempted homicide, according to Officer Robert Wright with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Police declined to provide a motive in the shooting but said the suspect “is no stranger to the department, as his rap sheet includes other incidents.”
After he was arrested, Blueface released a verse on Instagram that read