Rapper Half Ounce Dead After Being Shot While on Phone With Pregnant Wife

Friends and family mourn the death of musician Half Ounce.

Authorities rushed to the 700 block South New Hampshire Avenue crime scene at 11:30 p.m., according to an Oct. 4 press release from the Los Angeles Police Department. after receiving "numerous radio calls of gunfire being fired with a man screaming".

Upon arrival, police said they found a victim with gunshot wounds outside an apartment building who was unresponsive. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The LA County Coroner's Office confirmed to NBC4 Los Angeles that rapper Half Ounce, born Latauriisha O'Brien, was the man who was shot.

Police also told Fox 11 that O'Brien was on the phone with his pregnant wife when she heard the gunshots and also rushed to the scene. The musician is also survived by an 8-year-old daughter, a 2-year-old son and a 9-month-old son, according to the outlet.
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Authorities believe O'Brien and a friend were walking in the area when a dark-colored SUV pulled up and the passenger fired shots at both men. Police are still working to identify the friend who fled the scene, adding that the suspect is still at large.
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As shared on the rapper's Instagram page, O'Brien has released a number of songs under his moniker in recent years, including "My Whole Life," "Elevate," and "About It." The musician's last post shared before his death was in reference to his forthcoming single "Drop the Ball," which was due to be released on October 14.
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