SAN FRANCISCO (CBS San Francisco) – A hip-hop promoter and producer from North Texas was killed Monday in a shooting on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, authorities said. The medical examiner’s office identified the victim as 31-year-old Darryl Stinnette of Mesquite, also known as Li’l Pooh in Dallas music circles.
“What’s keeping me strong is just knowing that how many hearts he touched you know. Like I said, it’s kind of hard reading the comments and knowing how many people loved my brother. That’s what’s getting me through it. He won’t be forgotten,” said Stinnette’s sister, Ashley. “He’s not selfish. He always looked out for other people and that’s what everyone is saying”READ MORE: With COVID-19 Cases 'Skyrocketing' In Dallas County, Risk Level Bumped Up To 'Red'
Li’l Pooh was a fixture on the hip-hop scene since he was a high school student. According to his website, Stinnette was working on his rap album, entitled “Late Nights, Early Mornings,” at the time of his death. Stinnette’s family said he was in California promoting his rapper Sherwood Marty and attending a party with a local rapper Oakland rapper D.O.T
Stinnette shared a couple pics on Instagram with Sherwood Marty the day before he died.
He was also the father of a 10-year-old child and a newborn baby.
Two other men were also injured during the shooting. One of them remained hospitalized on Tuesday while the other victim has already been treated and released. Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the killing. The suspect fled from the scene in a silver vehicle and remains at large.
According to Ofc. Bert Diaz with the California Highway Patrol, three vehicles were traveling eastbound at around 2:20 a.m. on Monday. The victims were all in one SUV when the suspect pulled up next to them and fired. This caused the SUV to hit a nearby sedan. Diaz said that the sedan’s driver heard several gunshots before the crash.MORE NEWS: 'Lockdowns Are Wrong': Texas Gov. Abbott Reaffirms No More State Shutdowns, Mandates During Pandemic
Stinnette was driving the SUV, and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Stinnette’s father, who lives in North Texas, the rapper was touring with his music company. He received his Li’l Pooh stage name from his mother.