Tupac Shakur Shooting Confession Claims Being Investigated By NYPD

Tupac Shakur Portrait 2011

Police probing into letter from convicted felon, Dexter Issac, which was posted on website AllHipHop.com.

If AllHipHop.com wasn't a familiar website to internet readers before Wednesday, it certainly is a household name now.

According to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Police Department has announced it will launch a formal investigation into claims from a prisoner, who maintains he's responsible for the 1994 shooting and robbery of late rapper Tupac Shakur.

The web was abuzz with reports of the Tupac shooting confession after AllHipHop.com posted a letter by convicted felon, Dexter Issac, who says in 1994 he was paid by James Rosemond to rob the rapper outside of Quad Studio.

“He [Rosemond] gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Synthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery," said the letter.

Immediately after the report surfaced, The Hollywood Reporter requested a statement on the alleged confession from Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, via her L.A.-based Amarau Entertainment, but has still not heard back.

In addition to details of his alleged crime, the Issac statement also included a mea culpa to Tupac's loved ones: "I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did… I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie's] mothers some closure."

The social network and Twitterverse expressed some initial confusion when it wasn't clear if Issac's confession was in reference to the fatal shooting which claimed Tupac's life. Tupac was actually gunned down and died two years later in 1996.

The letter which was posted by Issac mostly directs its ire at the individual who he claimed hired him to commit the crime against Shakur.

Isaac is believed to be serving life in prison at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified Tupac as "Shukar" but the correct spelling of the late rapper's last name is "Shakur."