INGLEWOOD, Calif.–Inglewood police today were searching for a suspect and a motive in a shooting that killed rapper M-Bone.
The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of north La Brea Avenue, according to Inglewood police Lt. Michael Marshall. The rapper, whose real name was Montae Talbert, was sitting in a car outside a liquor store when the shots were fired.
He was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
M-Bone was a member of the Inglewood-based group Cali Swag District, which shot to fame with the release of “Teach Me How to Dougie,” which set off a wide-ranging dance craze.
The coroner’s office gave Talbert’s age as 19, although various online sites reported he was 22.
The band released a statement to TMZ.com, calling M-Bone the “victim of a random act of violence.”
M-Bone “was an inspiration to his family, friends and fans,” according the band’s statement. “He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Inglewood police detectives at (310) 412-5240.