Orlando Anderson was a rumoured Soutside crip, he was the person that Tupac beat up that night in the MGM grand, after the Mike Tyson vs Seldon fight, hours before Tupac was killed. If you want to read more about THE FACTS ON TUPAC’S MURDER click here. To learn a little more about Orlando Anderson, the man believed by many to have killed Tupac, or been in the car that opened fire on Tupac, continue reading below.
Orlando Anderson (aka Baby Lane) was born on August 13, 1974 and was an alleged affiliate of the South Side Compton Crip. Orlando is believed by many of Tupac’s fan’s to be the man who killed Tupac, and if he didnt he was involved in the shooting in someway. Whatever the case, the fact is that at one time he was a person of interest in the brief investigation of the murder of Tupac by Compton and Las Vegas police. Specifically Detective Tim Brennan of Compton filed an affidavit naming him as as a suspect.
On the night of September 7, 1996 Orlando and Tupac’s entourage were involved in a fight at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas just three hours before Tupac’s shooting. These events led to public speculation, but after two days of questioning Anderson in detention the Las Vegas homicide detective Lt. Larry Spinosa told the media, “At this point, Orlando Anderson is not a suspect in the shooting of Tupac Shakur.” Later in the investigation, Orlando was named a suspect once more. Stories circulated on the street that Orlando had bragged about shooting the rapper, which he denied in an interview for VIBE magazine later (se below for the interview transcript). Orlando was caught up in a round up of suspects in Compton almost a month after the shooting with 21 other alleged gang members and was detained and questioned, but not charged. However, the raid was only tangentially connected to the Tupac shooting as Compton police admitted they were investigating local shootings and not the shooting in Las Vegas. Though both jurisdictions investigated a possible connection between Orlando and the fateful shooting on the Las Vegas strip they were unable to link him directly to the crime, and no criminal charges were ever filed.
A year later Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Orlando Anderson in response to a lawsuit Orlando filed against Suge Knight, Tupac’s estate and others in the Death Row organization. Orlando’s lawsuit was in regards to injuries resulting from the scuffle that evening at the MGM Grand – he claimed to have suffered both emotional and physical pain and that he was beaten badly during the altercation. Afeni Shakur’s lawsuit was filed just four days after Orlando’s lawsuit was filed and the Associated Press reported in 2000 that Tupac’s estate and Orlando’s estate settled the competing lawsuits hours before Orlando Anderson died. His lawyer offered a dollar figure attached to the settlement which he claimed would have netted Orlando $78,000.
In the aforementioned VIBE interview with Sanyika Shakur, (a.k.a. “Monster” Kody Scott), author of Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, and in his first remarks to the media, Orlando Anderson professed to being a fan and an admirer of Tupac and his music, even after the fight at the MGM and the media attention afterwards. He said he was cleared by Las Vegas police after two days of questioning. The interviewer also remarked on the striking physical resemblance between him and Tupac.
On May 29, 1998, Orlando Anderson and associates, Michael Stone and Jerry Stone were involved in a shootout outside of Cigs Record Store in Compton, California. They later died at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital (formerly King/Drew Medical Center) in L.A., California. To date, no one has been charged with Anderson’s murder.
In October of 2011, former LAPD detective Greg Kading, who was once the lead investigator in the murder of Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, came out with a book which alleges that Sean “Diddy” Combs commissioned Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis to take out Tupac Shakur, along with Suge Knight, for $1 million. Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis is the uncle of Orlando Anderson and detective Kading claims that Orlando WAS present in the vehicle which pulled up next to the BMW which Tupac was shot in.
ORLANDO ANDERSON’S INTERVIEW WITH VIBE MAGAZINE:
Suge Knight said to Sanyika Shakur whilst in jail that it was Orlando Anderson who killed Tupac, but in his interview with Vibe Magazine Orlando denies any involvement. You can read the whole interview transcript below. Orlando was murdered on May 29, 1998, when himself, Michael Stone, and his nephew, Jerry Stone, were in a shootout outside a carwash in Compton. They died at King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. No one was ever charged with Orlando’s murder.
Below Is The interview transcript of Orlando Anderson talking to Sanyika Shakur for VIBE’s December 1997 Issue. Orlando had his lawyer Renee L. Campbell present during the whole interview.
Sanyika: Why did the Death Row crew zero in on you that night at the MGM?
Orlando: I really don’t know why. I don’t even know them
Who pushed you first?
Actually, I think it was Tupac
What did he say when he first stepped to you?
I don’t really think he said anything. It happened so fast. All I felt was a swarm
You didn’t recognize nobody else? Did you recoginze Suge?
I seen him on the videotape later
Where we from in Compton, our first instinct – after beeing assaulted, insulted, shoe stepped on – is to respond. Did you feel calling your peeps?
Me and my brother ain’t like that. I was just scared because I done heard so much about these guys. It was, like, Damn, what did I do?
So you are not a Southside Crip?
Are you affiliated with the Southside Crips?
No. I ain’t no gang member. I know a lot of people; I grew up with a lot of people; I went to school with a lot of people.
So, nobody in your immediate family bangs?
My brothers? Naw.
Besides your brothers?
Well, y’knowhamsayin’, there’s my uncle and them.
The police said that they raided a Southside hangout, and there were guns there and a diploma on the wall with your name on it. Yet you said you lived next door.
[Anderson's lawyer writes on a yellow notepad and pushes it toward him] I’m not gonna answer that.
Cambell: The affidavit is full of fiction. There is nothing in there that’s independently corroborated. We don’t know why that particular Compton police officer wrote it, but it’s full of lies.
It was reported that you were bragging about whacking Makaveli.
You might as well don’t even pay attention to the affidavit.
That wasn’t just the affidavit. People on the street in Compton told VIBE you were bragging about it.
[Shakes his head; no response]
Do they call you Baby Lane?
Some People call me that.
When I was in jail with Suge Knight, he said, “Baby Lane did it.” How do you respond to this guy’s saying you were the shooter?
I really don’t know why Suge would say something like that. I don’t even know Suge.
Campbell: As far as we’re concerned, whatever Suge Knight is saying, he’s saying for gis own gain. We’ve also named him in the lawsuit. There is no evidence against Orlando. If they would do a proper investigation, they would very likely find out who killed Tupac.
On the stand, you said Suge was not involved in your beating, that he tried to stop it. Now you’re naming him in the lawsuit for participating in your beating.
At the time, I was fearing for my life.
You were fearing Suge’s camp? Death Row People?
Campbell: we don’t want to comment on whom he was fearing.
Aren’t you worried about perjury charges?
Campbell: Even at the time [Orlando] testified, the judge was very skeptical. People say what they need to say if their safety is threatened.
Why change the story now? Are you less scared?
Campbell: No, it’s not that. Orlando was advised by his lawyers that if he was going to bring this lawsuit, then he would need to bring it now. He suffered injuries; he has damages that he wants to collect on.
Anderson: I was kicked in my head, and I was bleeding out of my ear. My hands right here were swollen.
How do you feel about Tupac’s mother filing this countersuit against you?
That’s nonsense to me.
Campbell: That was done solely in response to the lawsuit we filed. Her lawsuit has absolutely no basis.
You were on “America’s Most Wanted”. Have you had any troubles because you were named as a suspect in Tupac’s killing?
I’ve been threatened a lot.
How has this altered your life?
I just stay in the house all the time.
Why don’t you just get vested an heated an continue to do your things? Life goes on. Even ‘Pac himself said it.
I ain’t that type of person. I’ll just put it in the Lord’s hands.
Did anybody ever tell you that you were very much resamble Tupac?
Yeah, a couple of people have told me that.
Do you feel any resentment toward Tupac’s spirit, like, Look at what the hell you done got me into?
I think like that all the time, wondering why. Not only put me through a lot of stuff but put my family through a lot of stuff too.
So, you have lost passion for Tupac’s music? Do you still listen to him?
Yeah, I still listen to his music.
Because you feel him?
Yeah. To me he was like the Marvin Gaye of rap. If he was to comeout with some new music, I’m still about his music.
Do you have a favorite ‘Pac song?
“All Eyez on Me.”
Especially now, huh? What do you wish at this particular juncture in your life?
I wish they would find who did it so I can prove my innocence.