Crime

DA probing Lul Tys death after shooter hit with gun charge

CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. — A suspect has been charged with possessing a machinegun in relation to the shooting that left a Sacramento-area rapper dead in May, with prosecutors now reviewing if the man was defending himself in the gunfight.

A law enforcement source who spoke with The Update on Tuesday said that prosecutors are now reviewing the incident to determine whether or not Tony Jose Diaz was defending himself when he shot and killed 20-year-old Lul Tys, whose real name was Jacob Steven Lopez. The rapper leaves behind at least one child, as well as both parents and a long-term girlfriend.

The District Attorney’s Office review is common in incidents involving several people shooting at each other, according to the source, and a similar process was followed in the mass shooting on K Street that left six people dead in early April.

Diaz, also 20, is being held in jail following his discharge from the hospital and has been charged in court with one count of possession of a machinegun in relation to a modified handgun found with him following the shooting. The source confirmed that the gun was fitted with a switch that allowed it to fire like an automatic weapon.

According to police, Diaz was found alongside the automatic firearm following reports of gunfire outside of Apartment 103 at the Birdcage Village Apartments on Birdcage Street. Lopez was found dead inside Apartment 103, and “preliminary information” suggested the duo was shooting at one another.

Lopez’s death shook the local rap community, with countless fans and figures in the music industry expressing their condolences online. Footage of his funeral service, held in June and posted to social media, showed dozens of people releasing white balloons in his honor as his small child was pictured in tears.

“Rest in peace to Lul Tys,” rap media outlet Thizzler On The Roof wrote on Twitter. “The rising Sacramento artist passed away last night, we send our condolences to his family & loved ones.”

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