A YOUNG rapper who went into hiding has died after being tracked down and shot at point-blank range in an execution-style killing last week.
Two members from the rival rap group The Fours gunned down 19-year-old Michael Brock at a Bogalusa apartment last Monday.
Tauj Taplin, 19, opened fire with an AR-15 when Michael answered a knock at his door at Sunset Acres Housing Complex.
The musician – who comes from the Three-13 rap group – was hit multiple times before the assailant jump into a getaway car driven by 19-year-old Quardavion White, cops said.
"There were other people present in the apartment, including a 7-year-old child who was in the same room with Brock during the hail of gunfire," Bogalusa Police Department told press late last week.
"The child was miraculously not shot."
Both men are part of the rap group The Fours while Quardavion is suspected of having ties to the gang Gangster Disciples.
Michael had gone into hiding at a home of a relative of his girlfriend in Bogalusa after receiving death threats online.
"He thought maybe he could come to Bogalusa and lay low a little bit and apparently, they followed him here," Capt. David Miller told local media.
Police were able to identify the alleged shooter and getaway driver using surveillance footage and police intelligence.
When they were pulled over by police three days later in Anahuac, Texas, Quardavion allegedly gave a fake name and told Tauj to make a run for it.
A high-speed chase ensued, which Texan police were forced to call off amid fears Tauj would ram innocent civilians.
He apparently tired to smash several patrol cars before finally being arrested crossing back into Louisiana.
“Now you have a 19-year-old young man that will never live his life and two other 19-year-old young men that may very well spend their life in jail,” Capt. Miller said.
“What did that solve? It didn’t solve anything.”
The two young men are facing charges relating to the high-speed chase and the alleged murder of Michael.
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