Slim 400's killing is being investigated as gang-related in the midst of a Bloods territory battle.
Slim 400's death is now being investigated as "gang-related retaliation," with the Inglewood Police Department fearing for a turf war since "things have really ramped up between the Bloods and the Crips, and tensions are already high."
The 33-year-old emerging West Coast hip-hop musician – actual name Vincent Cohran — was shot and killed in Inglewood on Wednesday shortly before 8 p.m.
Although law enforcement officials believe the Compton-raised rapper was not killed in a targeted attack, they continue to believe the shooting was gang-related – which almost usually means payback.
"They believe Slim was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his supposed ties to the Bloods didn't help," sources told the site.
Authorities have authenticated disturbing video of the fatal encounter, which shows a suspect walking up a driveway with a gun in hand and approaching the rapper's vehicle's driver's side. There is a flash and the sound of a gun popping.
Shots continued to ring out as Slim 400 from the truck and walked into the street, collapsing in front of the gunman.
He was treated on-scene by paramedics before being sent to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for "emergency traumatic care," the Los Angeles Times verified.
Slim 400's death was first reported by popular hip-hop podcast "No Jumper" via a cryptic Twitter message, and unsettling fan-shot videos of the taped-off crime scene are already making the rounds on YouTube.
The Inglewood Police Department informed TMZ that they now want to increase their presence on the streets in order to deter a wave of copycat gang crimes.
Meanwhile, admirers continue to pay their tributes online – with some recognizing Slim 400 as a community trailblazer.
In one tribute, the Twitter account for the hip-hop blog Passion of the Weiss wrote, "RIP Slim 400." "A prototypical Compton gangster rap artist, a spokesman for a tradition, heritage, and history — who penned a slew of hard-as-hell rap songs brimming with serious gravity and raw intensity."
Slim 400 almost averted death in the summer of 2019 when he was "ambushed" and shot nine times while visiting his family in Compton, Vlad TV claimed. Slim claimed that one of his family members risked their own lives to save him by bringing him indoors and out of harm's way during a barrage of drive-by bullets.
"I just feel like when you're supposed to be here and God has a purpose for you, there's no stopping you," the rapper confessed at the time during a Los Angeles radio interview. "I fell to the ground believing the ordeal was finished. My relatives came out and kept me alive by conversing with me and dragging me into the house as they continued to shoot... My family adores her for simply rescuing me. I just feel grateful to be alive, because I might have died right then and there."
Slim was born Vincent Cohran to military parents in Frankfurt, Germany on June 21, 1988. As a small child, he returned to the United States. He was found and signed by the now-defunct Pu$haz Ink music company, which was once famous by YG (Young Gangsta) and DJ Mustard and collaborated with prominent hip-hop artist Travis Scott in 2016.
Slim 400 was previously supposed to be secretive about his personal life, however he is apparently the father of a girl named Parris, who was born on March 17, 2009.