By Tom Liddy
DNAinfo News Editor
MANHATTAN - A man serving a life sentence for murder claims that he is the gunman who shot Tupac Shakur at a Midtown studio, sparking a rap war that left Shakur and Biggie Smalls dead.
Dexter Isaac, 46, who is locked up at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, said that he robbed Shakur outside Quad Studios in 1994 on orders from hip hop big James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond, according to the Daily News.
Isaac said that he was given $2,500 and jewels in exchange for the deed, according to the report.
But Rosemond, who turned himself in on a fugitive drug warrant last month, has denied any wrongdoing according to the paper.
"I want to apologize to [Shakur's] family and for the mistake I did for that sucker," he reportedly wrote in a letter, saying that he came forward because he believed the statute of limitations had expired.
"I am trying to clean it up to give [Shakur's and Smalls'] mothers some closure.
The shooting left Shakur shot five times. He accused Smalls - real name Christopher Wallace - of being involved, sparking a return volley of accusations.
Shakur was then shot in Las Vegas in 1996 and died soon afterwards in a case that remains unsolved. Smalls was killed a year later.