Georgia resident Aubrey Louis Berry, 23, was apprehended Monday in an ticketing area of the Los Angeles International Airport and was said to be carrying a 9mm semiautomatic handgun. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Dolla, whose real name is Roderick AnthonyBurton II, was shot in the head before the suspect fled the scene in a silver MercedesSUV.
Dolla, 21, arrived in Los Angelesfrom AtlantaMonday and stopped by the mall to shop, his publicist Sue Vannasing told police. He wastaken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centerfor treatment but was confirmed dead at the hospital, police told the Los Angeles Times.
A motive for the crime has not yet been announced. However,the LAPD questioned at least two persons of interest, Berry and a women detained atthe scene.
Dolla was signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik and was slated to release his album this summer.
Despite his success, Dolla described himself as a regularguy in an interview with RandonmentalTV. "When you get to know me and get tosit down and kick it me and have a conversation with me, you'll see that I'm acool guy," Dolla said. "I'm humble. I'm approachable. I kick back. I'm notreally a loud guy. I smile a lot. I'm not a tough guy either."
He added that R&B music from the greats such as StevieWonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and the Isley Brothers was his biggestinfluence. Still, he hoped to record with hip-hop legends like Andre 3000. Ironically,he expressed regret that he would not be able to collaborate with other hip-hopgreats who had already passed away before their time.
"I wish I could have [recorded with] Pimp C," he said. "Iwish I could have done a song with Tupac and Biggie, all the legends."
I send my condolences to Dolla's friends, family and fans.