Authorities were slow to name any suspects in the Tupac Shakur murder. Instead, news outlets such as MTV first reported Orlando Anderson's name. Since then, law enforcement claimed that Anderson was a member of the Southside (though Anderson's family has denied that he was a gang member), and that approximately three months before the murder of Shakur, Anderson and fellow gang members were involved in an altercation with a rival Compton gang, the Mob Piru Bloods. The particular Blood gang members involved were associated with Shakur's record label, Death Row Records, and as part of the altercation, Anderson allegedly stole a Death Row diamond cut medallion which one of the Bloods had been wearing. Authorities believe that this is what led to the scuffle between Shakur and Anderson on September 7, although Anderson always denied any involvement.
This story has since been contradicted several timescitation needed, and is seen generally as a decoy device by those who believe Suge Knight conspired to kill Tupac Shakurcitation needed. Shakur's bodyguard Frank Alexander says his life was threatened by associates of Death Row when he "refused to corroborate the story of the chain-snatching." This would imply that Anderson had killed Tupac for different reasons. This side of the story can be seen in Nick Broomfield's documentary Biggie & Tupac.
Anderson was at the VIBE Magazine party on March 9, 1997. That night, Biggie Smalls was gunned down.
On May 29, 1998 Anderson, Michael Stone, and his nephew, Jerry Stone, were in a shootout outside a carwash in Compton. They died at King Drew Medical Center in L. A. Michael Reed Dorrough was wounded and later arrested in connection with the shooting. No one was ever charged.