Orlando Anderson

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Orlando Anderson
Anderson in 1997
Orlando Tive Anderson

(1974-08-13)August 13, 1974
DiedMay 29, 1998(1998-05-29) (aged 23)
Cause of deathGunshot wound
Other names
  • Baby Lane
  • Lando
OccupationGang member
OrganizationSouth Side Compton Crips
RelativesDuane "Keefe D" Davis (uncle)

Orlando Tive "Baby Lane" Anderson (August 13, 1974 – May 29, 1998) was an American gang member suspected in the murder of Tupac Shakur. Anderson belonged to the California-based gang known as the South Side Compton Crips. Detective Tim Brennan of the Compton Police Department filed an affidavit naming Anderson as a suspect; he denied involvement and was never charged. Anderson's uncle, Duane Keith Davis, was charged with Shakur's murder on September 29, 2023.

Anderson was shot and killed in an unrelated gang shootout altercation at the age of 23 in May 1998.

Early life and education

Orlando Tive Anderson was born on August 13, 1974, in an African-American household in Compton, California. He had a secure childhood with his grandparents after his parents split up. His mother worked 12 hour shifts as a bookkeeper to support her children.

He joined the South Side Compton Crips gang at some point in his youth.

Anderson attended Taft High School, where he was a conscientious student who passed his exams and received good grades. He returned to Dominguez High School for his senior year and got his diploma. During high school, he met a young woman named Rasheena Smith, whom he started dating. He fathered four children.

Murder of Tupac Shakur

In July 1996, Anderson was involved in an altercation at Lakewood Mall, where he and his entourage assaulted Trevon Lane, an employee of Death Row Records, and attempted to steal his Death Row medallion. There was rumored to be a bounty placed on Death Row medallions by their rivals, the Compton Crips, of which Anderson was a member. This move infuriated Suge Knight, Tupac Shakur, and the rest of Death Row.[citation needed]

On September 7, 1996, after the Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson fight, Trevon Lane coincidentally spotted Anderson by himself in the MGM Grand Las Vegas, and told Tupac and the rest of the Death Row entourage that Anderson was the one responsible for snatching his medallion. Tupac can then be seen on the MGM's security camera running over to Anderson with the rest of his entourage and throwing the first punch. Anderson then suffered a severe beatdown as he was jumped by five men with no one to help him. According to BG Knocc Out in an interview with VladTV, Anderson escaped the worst of the beating by managing to cover his face during the attack. The beating occurred three hours before Shakur's shooting.[citation needed]

Later that month, Las Vegas MPD homicide detective Lt. Larry Spinosa told the media, "At this point, Orlando Anderson is not a suspect in the shooting of Tupac Shakur." Anderson was subsequently named a suspect. Rumors circulated that he had bragged about shooting the rapper, a claim he later denied in an interview for VIBE magazine. In September 1997 Anderson told the Los Angeles Times that he was a fan of Shakur and his music but denied being the murderer.

Anderson was detained in Compton, California, a month after Shakur was shot, along with twenty-one other alleged gang members. He was not charged. However, the arrest was only tangentially connected to the Tupac shooting, as Compton police said they were investigating local shootings and not the one in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police discounted Anderson as a suspect, according to a Los Angeles Times article, due to the short time between the hotel beating and the murder.

Las Vegas police failed to follow up with a member of Shakur's entourage who witnessed the shooting and who told police he could identify one or more of the assailants. That witness, rapper Yaki Kadafi, was killed two months later. The police also failed to follow up on a lead from a witness who had spotted a white Cadillac similar to the car from which the fatal shots were fired and in which the shooters escaped.

Soon after the shooting of Tupac Shakur, a gang war broke out in Compton between the Bloods and Crips. BG Knocc Out, who was close friends with Anderson, stated that Anderson was shot in the legs with an AK-47 and was confined to a wheelchair for some time.

A year later, Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Anderson in response to a lawsuit he had filed against Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, Death Row associates, and Shakur's estate. Anderson's lawsuit sought damages for injuries resulting from the MGM Grand scuffle, and for emotional and physical pain. Afeni Shakur's lawsuit was filed just four days after Anderson's. The Associated Press reported in 2000 that Shakur and Anderson's estates settled the competing lawsuits just hours before Anderson's death. Anderson's lawyer claimed the settlement would have netted Anderson $78,000.[citation needed]

In October 2011, former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, a former investigator in the murder of Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace, released a book alleging that Sean "Diddy" Combs commissioned Anderson's uncle, Duane "Keefe D" Davis, to kill Shakur, as well as Knight, for $1 million. Kading and Davis claimed that Anderson was present in the vehicle that pulled up next to the BMW in which Tupac was shot. In a recorded conversation with Kading, Davis claimed Anderson fired the shots that killed Tupac.

Each account said that four men were in the white Cadillac that pulled up alongside the BMW that Knight and Shakur were riding in on the night of the shooting. The accounts independently reported that Anderson was in the back seat of the Cadillac and shot Shakur by leaning out of the back window. Kading and Philips claimed that the Crips were offered a $1 million bounty to kill Knight and Shakur. However, the two accounts differ on whether the bounty was offered by Combs (as reported by Kading) or by Wallace (as reported by Philips).[citation needed]

On September 29, 2023, it was announced that a grand jury had indicted Duane Keith "Keefe D" Davis on charges of murder with the use of a deadly weapon in connection with the killing of Shakur. Davis, 60, was arrested the morning of September 29, 2023, in Las Vegas.

2000s investigations

In 2002, the Los Angeles Times published a two-part series by reporter Chuck Philips titled "Who Killed Tupac Shakur?" that looked into the events leading to the crime. The series indicated that "the shooting was carried out by a Compton gang called the South Side Crips to avenge the beating of one of its members by Shakur a few hours earlier. Orlando Anderson, the Crip whom Shakur had attacked, fired the fatal shots. Las Vegas police interviewed Anderson only once as a possible suspect. He was later killed in an unrelated gang shooting." The Times series included references to the cooperation of East Coast rappers including Wallace, Shakur's rival at the time, and New York City criminals.

Before their deaths, both Wallace and Anderson denied any role in Shakur's murder. In support of this, Wallace's family produced computerized invoices showing that he was working in a New York recording studio the night of the shooting. Wallace's manager Wayne Barrow and fellow rapper Lil' Cease made public announcements denying Wallace had a role in the crime and stating that they were both with him in the recording studio.

Times assistant managing editor Mark Duvoisin defended Philips' series, stating they were based on police affidavits and court documents as well as interviews with investigators, witnesses to the crime and members of the South Side Crips. Duvoisin stated: "Philips' story has withstood all challenges to its accuracy... remains the definitive account of the Shakur slaying." The main thrust of the articles, implicating Anderson and the Crips, was later corroborated by Kading's 2011 book Murder Rap and discussed in author Cathy Scott's 2002 book The Killing of Tupac Shakur. Scott refuted the theory in a People magazine article, saying there was no evidence pointing to Wallace as a suspect. Also, The New York Times wrote, "The Los Angeles Times articles did not offer any documentation to show that Wallace was in Las Vegas that night."

In her book, Scott reviews various theories, including the Knight theory, before stating, "Years after the primary investigations, it's still anyone's guess. No one was ever arrested but no one was ever ruled out as a suspect, either." She then (in 2002) wrote that one theory "transcends all the others, and implicates the white record-company power brokers themselves," implicating the bosses of the Suge Knight label. In recent years, however, archived letters of Scott's responses to readers show an evolution toward Anderson as a suspect and a dismissal of the Knight theory.


On May 29, 1998, Anderson and South Side Crip gang member, Michael Dorrough, spotted two members of the Corner Poccet Crips named Michael and Jerry Stone at a car wash in Compton, and pulled over to confront them. Tempers quickly rose, and a shootout occurred with all four men being hit.

Anderson was taken to Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Willowbrook, California, but was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest shortly after. Jerry and Michael Stone also died. Dorrough was the only person to survive, and he was subsequently charged and convicted for all three homicides.

Detective Brennan later stated Anderson's murder was due to a disagreement over drug money with a rival gang and was not related to the Shakur case.

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