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M-Bone Victim of Random Drive-By Shooting

5/16/2011 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

M-Bone -- who was fatally shot last night -- was the victim of a drive-by shooting, and it appears to be a random act of violence ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

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M-Bone -- aka Mante Talbert from the rap group Cali Swag District -- was next to his car in front of an Inglewood, CA liquor store at 11:32 PM Sunday when shots rang out.  Our sources say the shooter was driving down La Brea Avenue alone in his car when he fired.

Inglewood detectives are investigating, but right now it looks like M-Bone was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

We're told M-Bone, who became famous with his group for the song, "Teach Me How to Dougie," was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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46.

Lori    

You know, every time TMZ paps caught these guys out and about? They were nice, respectful, had smiles on their faces; they all seemed to genuinely love the fame that their dance song brought them.

It's truly sad that some THUGS were either jealous or demented enough to take a shot at of them.

No matter where it went down? The person who shot him? is a low life PUNK THUG...hope they catch 'em quick.

1226 days ago
47.

dd    

Bill Cosbys son was shot down on the 405 freeway in L.A....It by a RUSSIAN and he did it for NO DAMN REASON AT ALL..so think before u dog someone out for being a VICTIM! There are plenty of innocent victims of crime why blame them..

1226 days ago
48.

Puckett    

Joao 10 minutes ago
big bad thugs... drive by shooting. I know some redneck neighborhood that would pay money for one of those POS to talk sh*t. Real tough guys, can't finish school, be a father to their ugly ass kids, live off of women... How much brains does it take to waste your life in prisons [no complaints here, hope they all rot in prison-or dead]

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Newflash dumbass. Those kind of rednecks are just another kind of big bad thug, and everything you just described is going on in their redneck trailer park communities every day too. They don't have enough brains to stay out of prison either.

1226 days ago
49.

Meanie    

Gangsta emulated lifestyle = Gangsta death.

1226 days ago
50.

dd    

HE WAS NEXT TO HIS CAR...where does it say he was hanging out, he could have been trying to leave..How many have run out to the store at night to get something, could have been cigs, could have been milk, they say liquor store it could have been 7-11...come on now..

1226 days ago
51.

Daniel    

It doesn't matter that he was a rapper or what he does for a living because like you or me he is a human being still practically a child. Just because he comes from a certain race and just so happen be a rapper that doesn't give anybody the right to say he deserved it or that this is the norm of life. If you did not know him then you shouldn't judge him as I or Montae even (R.I.P) wouldn't have judged you. It is so easy to sit behind a computer and say these things but I have never seen anybody act on their words to somebody's face. If you actually seen the group Cali Swag District they aren't the type to wear baggy jeans and carry guns as you might portray other rappers to do. So think and research before you speak. R.I.P Montae Talbert you were my favorite out of the group.

1226 days ago
52.

lucas    

No loss...Just another example of moral degradation that contaminates our society.

1226 days ago
53.

Puckett    

dd 3 minutes ago
Bill Cosbys son was shot down on the 405 freeway in L.A....It by a RUSSIAN and he did it for NO DAMN REASON AT ALL..so think before u dog someone out for being a VICTIM! There are plenty of innocent victims of crime why blame them..

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That's not right on several levels.

Cosby, while broke down on the side of the road with a flat tire, on an expensive Mercedes, was targeted for robbery by a Ukrainian guy not a Russian. He shot Cosby in the head after demanding money and feeling he was taking to long.

There was a reason for it, a damned stupid one like most murders, but he wasn't shot "for no reason at all", you know like just gunned down for sport or something.

But i get your point about people ragging on the victim as if it's somehow his fault without knowing the backstory of what really happened. Hopefully they get the guy and time will tell what the real reason was for his murder.

1226 days ago
54.

Cartman    

And he never even learned how to put a curve on the brim of his baseball hat.

1226 days ago
55.

awesome    

He should have been doing the Dougie, maybe then he would have dodged the bullets.

1226 days ago
56.

maggie    

Some of you people are terrible: Lindsay, Puckett, I am Spartacus, ScottScott....
The story told you "who" he was, and even though I do not listen to rap...I have heard of the song "Dougie", (but that's not even the issue)...Either way, he has a family that loves him, Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, etc. It was a terrible thing to happen, and just because he's black and out at night (which 11:30 pm isn't all that late really) you think he deserved to die? As stated, he was someone's loved one. I feel bad for the loss of life. He wasn't a "gangsta", he was a young boy trying to make something of himself in this life. RIP and my condolences to his family.

1226 days ago
57.

Scrum    

It sucks to see the young ones die. RIP.

1226 days ago
58.

CrashAndBurn    

Never heard of him. One thing you don't do in LA... stand next to yo ride in front of a liquor store. Go about yo business and bounce.

1226 days ago
59.

karen darvin    

Rip young one.You were enjoying your success and i'm glad you had that chance with such a short life and meaningless death.To your family, please find some peace at this time.say hi to Tupac in heaven

1226 days ago
60.

lrush4    

Random, hmmmmm? Drive-by shootings are seldom ever random. Usually theres a target and an 'innocent bystander" is hit. Hardly Random. Besides this is a small street on which he was parked. Guven the proximity of the opposing lane in relation to his vehicle, its hard to believe that he was not the intended target. Wouldnt expect the brainless LAPD to realize any of this, sadly. Anyone agree?

1226 days ago
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