Peter “Pistol Pete” Rollock

Pistol Pete and the Blood affiliated Sex, Money and Murder gang were the scourge of the Soundview section of the Bronx back in the day. In his teens and into his early twenties Pistol Pete acquired a reputation as a ruthless killer, who made millions in the drug game in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He was known as one of the most feared and powerful men in New York during the crack era, who could get people killed with his word alone. His influence and organization stretched south from the city’s five boroughs reaching out and touching states all across the eastern seaboard. Pistol Pete was one of Soundview’s Original Gangsters, setting the bar high for his hood and the Northeast Bronx.

In the city and all down the coast Pistol Pete was known for bustin’ his guns with no conscious. When it came to that gun smoke, the kid didn’t play. He was all business. It’s rumored his body count numbered over three dozen. The kid was quick to pull and quicker to blast. He lived by that NWA credo, “It’s not about a salary its all about reality.” That’s why they called him Pistol Pete. He was like a gunslinger from the old west. A modern day Billy the Kid. Many of the murders Rollack was allegedly involved in were ordered from his prison cell. Even after being locked up he still controlled his set- Sex, Money and Murder, from jail, as they wreaked havoc on the streets of the Bronx and beyond. Even to this day Pistol Pete’s name is revered in the South Bronx and the walls and buildings still carry the SMM markings from Pete’s heyday. Because of all this, Pistol Pete has gone down as a true certified street legend.

Part 4- Rikers Island and the Bloods

Pistol Pete’s prison nightmare began in late 1995 when he was arrested at Grant’s Tomb in Harlem, New York for the murder of Karlton Hines. Pete and Karlton Hines, a local basketball star who had a scholarship to Syracuse allegedly had some beef. On the street it was known that Karlton Hines had one foot in the game (drug) while trying to make his name in the other game (basketball). Pistol Pete caught Karlton outside a car stereo shop off Boston Road and killed him and wounded another individual by the name of Carlos Mestre on April 8, 1994. A couple of months later the Pistol caught Carlos Mestre coming out of a hip-hop store known as the Jew Man in the Bronx and killed him, because he was a witness to the murder of Karlton Hines. At the time Pete was arrested at Grant’s Tomb for the murder he was carrying a gun and was required to do an eight month mandatory sentence while awaiting the murder charge.

“He was originally arrested in 1995 at Grant’s Tomb for the murder of Karlton Hines,” Brenda Rollack said of her son. “He was carrying a gun at the time. After he did the eight month mandatory for the gun I bailed him out.” Police said that while Rollack had been imprisoned at Rikers Island Correctional Facility he became a member of the Bloods gang. During his eight month bid the Pistol was inducted into the gang but his induction into the Bloods wasn’t an ordinary jump in. Pistol Pete was so high profile and held in such high regard on the Island, in a cauldron of super predators, that the Bloods gave him his own set. “How he first got on, how he first became a Blood was like this,” Rock says. “He was a beast on Rikers. A monster. The Bloods on Rikers Island wanted to bring him in but he was like the only way I’m gonna be a Blood is if you all give me my own set. And to my knowledge that was how Sex, Money, Murder was brought into the Blood fold. He became a Blood in 1996.” The oldhead reiterates this, “O.G. Mack and them tried to recruit him in. Pete wasn’t a follower, he was a leader. He didn’t want to get with them, but he did and when he did he turned the whole neighborhood red.” O.G. Mack started the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, the first east coast blood set in 1993 at Rikers Island in 1993 with fellow prisoner Leonard “Deadeye” Mackenzie. Recruiting Pistol Pete into the fold was a coup for them. Because when Pete did something he did it all the way.

That’s not all Pete was doing. During his incarceration he was also making moves and keeping his ear to the street. He had an empire to run. Under the pretense of trying to get money for his lawyer, he played some suckers too. In early 1996 while David Gonzales was still dealing with Hershey McNeil, Gonzales spoke by phone with Pistol Pete. Gonzales owed McNeil money for some fronted coke but Pistol Pete wanted the money Gonzales owed and he wanted more. During the telephone conversation Pistol Pete let Gonzales know that the source of cocaine Gonzales was moving was in fact Rollack’s father’s friend George Wallace who Pete called his uncle. The Pistol explained that, “my uncle gave Hershey some cocaine to sell for me so I could pay for my lawyer.” Pistol Pete then went on to explain that the kilo and a half of crack that McNeil fronted to Gonzales actually belonged to him and Pistol Pete wanted his money. The whole North Carolina deal had left a sour taste in Pete’s mouth so he decided to shake Gonzales down. Gonzales was shook and agreed to pay McNeil the money he owed and to loan the Pistol additional money to pay for his lawyer. Pete ended up getting about 20 grand from Gonzales, but his shakedown would come back to haunt him.

Once the eight month mandatory sentence for the gun was up, Pete’s mother bailed him out and Pete walked the streets free for two weeks. But that was it. At the time Pete didn’t know this though. He went full steam ahead with his commitment to the Bloods. “When he came home he was on the Blood shit hard,” Rock says. “He had the whole block in red. All his mans and them were all in red. He was real serious on that Blood stuff. They had the red converse, red everything.” Pistol Pete was not joking. He turned his whole area into Bloods. Money explains, “That shit was like a wave when it happened. After that you saw Bloods everywhere. That whole joint was like that. All red. That whole area. Once a gang takes over a certain section you either in and out.” And that was what Pistol Pete was preaching, “You with me or against me.” He didn’t go for all that fake-ass bullshit. And Pistol Pete helped that blood shit to spill over into the streets from prison. But unknown to the Pistol that would be his last two weeks on the streets. “He’s been in since 95 with only two weeks on the streets,” Rock says. “Dude is a mystery to people. Nobody knows him really.”

When he went back to court for the murder case, which he beat because there were no witnesses, he was remanded into custody because of a federal narcotics indictment out of the Western District of North Carolina. It seems the feds had matched up Pistol Pete’s prints in the NCIC computer database and with cooperation from some of Pete’s old associates, namely David Gonzales, they indicted Pete for the drugs, money and guns found in the seized van they’d been left holding. Pistol Pete was subsequently transferred to the Charlotte-Mecklenberg County jail in Charlotte, North Carolina to await trial. His mother was distraught, “Two weeks after I bailed him out when he went back to court on the murder case he was remanded for the drug case in North Carolina and he’s been in jail ever since. That was 1996, he was only twenty years old.” But the Pistol took the whole thing in stride like the gangster he was. “A true player will accept the hand that he is dealt simply because he did not live a lie.” The Pistol said and truer words were never spoken.

This is an excerpt from Street Legends. If you want to read the rest order the book right now.

78 Comments

    1. Elaine M

      “See…. that’s why us black people don’t have anything; because we don’t know how to go somewhere, and act PROPERLY!” LMAO, but seriously… sad story, from EVERY aspect… ALL THE WAY AROUND!!!!!!!

    2. afrika bambaataa

      This nigga here hoessan Campbell
      Aka poppy aka thighs,somebody give me some views,was poppy a real hitter? Or is it just b.s,says him n pistol stood toe to toe against a full hall ov cons any truth??

      1. janice Hope

        Learn how to fuckin spell. Go to school. Stay off social media telling you’ll business. You’ll snitching on each other. Always POSTING SHIT! STUPID IDIOTS. Straight like that! So what he kept my mouth closed. HOPE HE CAN STILL KEEP HIS MOUTH CLOSED WHILE HE’S LOCKED UP FOR LIFE.

    1. Boy George

      He is an asshole in jail 4 life. After a while, the gang be like fuck him. He ain’t here . I am takin over. What is he gonna do locked up in a federal joint in the midwest.

  1. giantnyc

    Why doesn’t gorilla convict/don diva/f.e.d.s etc. ever talk about the communities and families that are destroyed by the drug trade and its attendant violence, perpetrated for(lets talk the truth) the sake of a couple of guys having fancy cars with rims? You claim you are not glorifying but I don’t know what else any sensible person can call it since the focus is so heavy on the reputation and prestige guys like Pistol Pete gain from heinous acts; against mainly against other people of color I might add. What about the kids that end up in foster care and subsequently molested when their drug addicted mothers can’t care for them? The single mothers that end up in shelter with all those kids and at the mercy of “social services” when a household earner is murdered or goes to jail? The young girls that fall prey to pimps(another segment of the population lionized by the publications described above) and other exploiters? The lost young boys that older hustlers manipulate into risking their lives and/or freedom? The kids that are ruined by the ugly slice of life they are forced to bear witness to before they can even get a start in life? The grandmothers who are forced to care for children their grown children can’t take care or because of incarceration/drug addiction? The lives that are cut short as collateral damage in the cross-fire for control of street-corners? What about them? Do they matter? Perhaps you guys lack the intellectual wherewithal to see the damage? Or maybe that story does not sell? Well, that is the seemingly impenetrable cycle my colleagues and I deal with every day. These publications seem to directly undermine the work we do. The justification of these stories as “cautionary tales” is rubbish. For ghetto kids with ill-suited parents, that are brainwashed into thinking they are worthless/have nothing to live for and therefore nothing to lose, these stories are only a blueprint and you guys are complicit.

    1. Blaq

      In this society that we live in, the shallow shit that shines is always what common folks notice and praise, it keeps them blind. On the other hand, the people working for the greater good, never get the credit that they deserve, but they are the glue that keeps the world from falling apart completely. I too am guilty of glorifying the bullshit of street culture, but I do see the whole picture, and I truly understand what nycgiant is saying.

        1. Will

          You’re Black and that’s it period. no Crips no Bloods BLACK PEOPLE. The gangs exist because they help society get rid of BLACK PEOPLE, not because they can’t be stopped. The united States has a satellite in space that can read a license plate on a moving car 3,000 miles down. They can blow up a town in Iraq from a computer screen in Alabama and they can’t stop gangs? They won’t let you have a job but they’ll let you sell dope? THEY WANT GANGS

          1. G-Baggins

            Your facts are right but the premise of your message laughable. Lol, how does ANYONE stop a gang??? That shit don’t even make sense. What, are they gunna have the pigs swoop in and throw em all in jail cuz their bangin? All 10 Million of them?? Or are they gunna zoom that satellite in on each of their faces, and then send an agent to their door to make them denounce their gang and stop committing crimes? No mufucker they couldn’t and wouldn’t even attempt, or have the man power to eliminate gangs. I think your confusing gangs with drug traffickers. The US has been directly responsible for around 80% of all the cocaine and heroin brought into the country since the middle of the 1960’s. Biggest kept secret in US history.

    2. JimmyBX

      Typical mentality of the hood looking to blame everyone but the proper folks. There wouldn’t be any drugs if there weren’t users. I would wager 90% of the drugs Pistol pushed out landed in the bodies of those OUTSIDE the hood Pistol came from. How about this? If society really had shit right, drug USERS would get greater penalties than the dealers. That’s when drugs would be abolished, or at the very least reduced greatly. The media documents all the poor hoods where the junkies are, but that’s total bullshit since the hoods like the ones in the Bronx represent less than 3% of what America is comprised of. The media has you brainwashed into thinking drugs is a hood creation. The drug DEALERS come from the hood, but the users are all OUT of the hood for the most part. Stop the madness and place the blame on those who use the product.

      1. G-Baggins

        Nigga, what a stupid fucking thing to say….. Ya mufucker, lets blame all the addicts who have a genetic predisposition for addiction. Do you know anything about junkies? In 99/100 cases, drug addiction isn’t a choice. Just about everyone experiments with drugs at some point in their lives, and the people who are genetically predisposed, are generally the one’s who cant stop. People in the hood have a higher propensity for drug use, because of how bleak and challenging their lives are. They struggle/hurt…. they want to block out reality and not feel….. then the genetics/drugs take hold of them…. and then they’re hooked. And guess what…. the vast majority of addicts CANNOT stop using the drugs without some sort of rehabilitation. We would need to build 1000x the jails/prisons to hold all the junkies who you think are so evil. The problem lies in our government, who secretly sanctions and even participates in 80% of the drugs the come across our borders. It’s called gentrification. They’re goal is to place black/ethnic families in subsidized housing, and sequester them to all the poor run down areas of the country so as to keep the populous separated. Eight outta ten drug dealers gets their dope directly via the US government and they don’t even know it. We could lock up every drug addict/dealer in America, and within a year they there would be a new legion of addicts/dealers to take their places. Nothin’ good comes from locking addicts up. It just crowds and overpopulates our jail/prison systems, and takes up another cell that could have held a VIOLENT criminal. They should be given rehabilitation and then subsequently be given jobs when they do get clean. The problem is created by our government, and because of that… it will never go away.

  2. j.dillenger

    TUH!! yea this clown is jail still think you tuff.. Well its CRIP on mine the shit i run not even white collard folk would be able to get me… Hold down the cells they need more DUmb Bloods in there i bet you aint yellin that SUUU WUUU ish now..

  3. Rasheed

    Look talk is cheap, and life is hard. I know this man that is being talked about from young. What isn’t being said, is that most of the people that this man did wind up killing, would have killed him first and thought nothing of it as well. That isn’t said to make light of anything that he did. It is just true. Like when he and 4 others were shot at by over 20 men at the skate key in the Bronx. These men were let in with big guns by the police. So when the police will let someone or one’s try to kill you, what do you do then.

    1. Joe study

      Life was not created by pistol Pete with the heart he had he would have been a success if raised in a different environment.life was created by the creator Pete was just as well a victim of the prolong agenda of other forces on earth .bloods are really kids and men who are worried about people who have cold hearts so they end up becoming Wat the despise as most if not all humans do.

      1. shantel jackson

        Agree! I am 100% against murder. Pistol Pete was as much of a victim as the people he murdered. He was guided right into the life. I’m sure if he had any other oppurtunity he would of done different. But he wasn’t given any other oppurtunity. The gov made an example of him. He accepted life w/out parole in solitary confinement. That’s absolute torture & wrong, wrong, wrong! Pistol Pete was a baby. None of us are the same person @ the tender age of 20 as we are when we get older. I feel for the guy. I know he’s a murderer, yet I cannot help but to respect him. He never snitched. Bold! My heart goes out to him. Life in solitary….our justice system needs to be revampted & our social service system needds to wake up. I blame his mother. He was raised, I believe, by his grandmother & his father was not around. Now, add poverty & despair to the equation and you get Pistol Pete! Hey woman, stop having kids if your life isn’t prepared to give your child emotional, physical & financial support!! Its just that simple. Birth control!! Not welfare & absentee fathers. You know if a man is gonna be a proper father. Stop thinking a baby will change the man. It won’t! This is no secret hidden away in some vault some where. Durrrrrr……….

    2. Joe study

      Life was not created by pistol Pete,its safe to say with the heart he had,he would have been a success if raised in a different environment.life was created by the creator Pete was just as well a victim of the prolong agenda of other forces on earth .bloods are really kids and men who are worried about people who have cold hearts so they end up becoming Wat the despise as most if not all humans do.

    3. G-Baggins

      I know for a mufucking fact that Kalton Hines wasn’t tryin’ to kill that nigga. Hines was making too much money, and taking most of SMM’s clientel. That nigga Pete just decided he had to go. Lol that little basketball playin’ nigga didn’t gun for nobody, that nigga wasn’t a killer, he was a ball player. That nigga Pete knew that shit and took him out.

  4. Carl

    It’s very sad how ignorant our people are. Instead of praising the man going to work every day to keep his family afloat, so many of us glorify the ignorant gang b.s.

    Too many of our young men are behind bars and wearing orange (not red or blue). When will we beat the “man” where it counts most?

  5. Sayfudin

    I’m from James Monroe Projects, 800 Soundview Ave., Bronx NY Apt 12G. Lived there from 1963-1982 when I went into the US Air Force and stayed for 20 years. When I would come back to see my Father, I heard about all this madness going on. I was lost in the sauce too until getting away from the environment changed my perspective and heart. Along the way, I never educated myself until the age of 33 when I know that I needed a college degree when I retired. I earned my MBA and subsequently a PhD in Engineering and Technology Management. I say this about me in hope that anyone that reads this will understand that you have the ability to make choices. We have the ability to do anything; I show my whole family that it is possible. Only man can reach the highest highs, build machines that can fly the skies, reach the moon, or navigate the oceans depths. Only man can reach the lowest lows, destroy the environment, poison the minds of the youth or sell his soul for a jelly roll. It is all a choice in the end and only we can make a choice. Birds must fly south for the winter, a Tiger must be a Tiger, a fish must swim, but only man can make choices to be outstanding in what he chooses to do. He can be the greatest for good or the greatest devil forever. I have much compassion for those that make the wrong choice because I was one of them. It is the lack of opportunity that drives many to make these bad choices. It is people like you and me that can make a difference. I have traveled the word and I know that because you are in poverty, you do not have to live like a devil. I hope anyone that reads this will be motivated to reach the highest heights on the side of the right and not strive to be a devil

  6. Gabrielle

    Y’ALL NO WHAT MY NIGGA Y’ALL CAN SAY WTF Y’ALL WANT MY NIGGA CAUSE Y’ALL DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT PETE SAY ALL CAN KISS S.M.M ASS CAUSE Y’ALL AINT SHIT.. I CAN’T STAND MOTHAFUCKAS THAT LIKE TO TALK SHIT.. I GREW UP AROUND HIM MY NIGGA PETE A GOOD ASS MAN…. MY NIGGA Y’ALL WOULDN’T BE SAYIN THAT SHIT IF HE WASN’T IN JAIL ON BLOOD YOU WULDNT…. DON’T TALK SHIT ABOUT NO MOTHAFUCKIN BODY IF YOU DON’T KNOW YA MOTHAFUCKIN FACTS… IM FROM TRENTON NJ SO YOU GOT SOME SHIT TO SAY MY NIGGA COME TO ME… S.M.M TIL THA DAY I MOTHAFUCKIN ME DIE!!!!!!!!!

    1. shantel jackson

      Careful…sounds like you may end up like Pete. You have a choice. Please my brother, please, don’t let the smooth taste fool ya. Go for the right way. Ask God for help. He will never let you down.

    2. G-Baggins

      Ya! Yall mufuckers better watch out. Cuz gabreille’s gunna tell Pete that yall mufuckers was talkin’ shit on an internet forum… and that nigga’s gunna travel through the mufuckin’ matrix and POP yo ass through the computer screen……. lol gabbrielle your a dumbass for posting that shit. I bet you a mother fucking million dollars that your a 15 year old white kid from Seattle.

  7. Sexicani

    Watching gangland and just read this article.. Where is the honor in killing your brother.. Where is the honor or die on the street with your body riddled in bullets.. Where’s the honor in f*ckin multiple dudes so that they pay for your hair nails and get you high for free.. Sigh my people .. The show gangland is a representation of the most ig’nant black folk.. White America put down your cameras and become a part of the solution and not just another facet of corporate America profiting on the demise of others……

    1. shantel jackson

      No babyboy. You don’t let greed getcha. Stay under the radar & operate. Don’t be flashy. How you guys gonna drive 100,000 thousand dollar cars w/no legit inome?? You are screaming, “hey police, here I am, come get me”. And those mutha fuckas will. Greed. Gets everyone caught. Wake up…..gangstas…HA!

  8. killer keals

    smm is so much more then what yall think it was. first its a business about bread. its no different from any old school big company. they did everything pete did a worse. Nj keepin it alive. need to teem up and get real bread and expand.

  9. fuxk'em

    Shit fuxkas die er day ery time u smoke a bigaret dats a krakker killing you u stop tlkn bout who killed who rite or wrong an live ya life an get money g shine homie park drive kings north karolina

    1. Moss

      Stop trying to tack yourself onto a real click with your backwoods deliverance inbred country ass state. North Carolina is fully of toothless rednecks. Only niggas out that way are students and UNC and they’re on hoop squad

  10. casanovatha3

    Real shit to facts niggas is legends they not stupid they made away for them self’s they no fools prolly for Tha choices but jobs ain’t giving out that kind of money child support a bitch and they try a find anyway to lock blacks up I Frm Tha 313rd and this shit is real everyday dad in and out so I say thanks Frm both ways live it up!!!!

  11. JimmyBX

    I don’t care how much money you made by the age of 20. Anyone winding up in lockdown for life by the age of 21 fucked up. If Pete had to do it again, he wouldn’t have gone the route he did. There’s no money in the world worth getting up and going to sleep when someone tells you to. That aint life. That’s living death.

  12. Will

    And now he’s the White man’s plantation slave nigga for the rest of his life. WE call him Gangsta and the world calls him a half human ape man monkey ass nigga. Pistol Pete hates hos own people

  13. Prada-Red

    S double M… Ea5t 5ide to da homies behind da G-wall. Clinton, Attica, elmira, auburn, da swing, comstock, wende… blood rule!! I’m from buffalo new York were the city is red U.S.G’z

  14. HBO

    What did he accomplish ? He was not a millionaire he was only portrayed as one to get a conviction for the feds.He is serving life plus 100 plus and he is so far away his mother nor his kid can go see him.His mother is still in the hood .So at the end of the day what did he really do ? Other than become a pawn in the game .You idiots want to glorify someone glorify jesus he gave you life this morning .

  15. HBO

    Oh by the way i am from the B.X. side of things went to school with pete ,played ball with pete(who was pretty good actually) and had sneaker wars with pete freshman year in H.S. STEVO etc. Knew him personally new his mother and was very good friends with his baby mama tasha.So please let me tell you the truth all the hype was just that hype.At the end of the day we lost a brother ,father ,friend etc.Monster he became but hopefully god can change his heart and he will repent for all his sins.Pray for the homiey because at the end of the day he is and will always be a gift from god regardless of his actions or our judgement of him. R.I.P Twin

    1. G-Baggins

      Yall fake niggas need to stop frontin’ like you knew this nigga. Three people outta like 20 comments?? Bullshit, if you want a rush, go smoke some crack. Lying on the internet is for bitches.

      1. daffne

        Pete had that much control over so meany men…I wish he would have made them go to
        School.. get an education,Take care of their kids,make them learn to read and write
        Look at us as black people with power…Is Kill we know?????

  16. #johnylawer

    if you snitched out you aren’t a gangster, gangsters dont leave anyone to snitch ,plus he ended up snitching on him self and set as well as others a day before the trial which would had him put to death….not real gangster like

  17. Guerilla stone gangster

    New petie I ain’t glorifying anything but had alot respect for him im from soundview went to Stevenson high school it’s kill or be killed over here in My projects you got lil niggaz trying to take out older niggaz Cause they want a name or to take over the. Block

  18. Moeskilzs

    Yeah a street OG. I bet he can’t get a dollar from his hommies. How many SMM ask your mom is she ok. Do they look out for her. Hell no your dumb ass is in for life and don’t have shit to show.

  19. #WeAreMansion

    I’m reading these comment and I see why our race have sooooo many hurdles to overcome. The government is laughing at us. We wanted freedom and look what we have really attained. No disrespect to Pete, he lived HIS life the way he wanted. NO judgement. The sad part is when fake ni##as try to immolate him. Pete played with the cards he was dealt – like it or not THAT was his choice. Moving forward, our communities are in dire need of these young leaders to lead in a different way. If you can organize for one event just imagine how FEARED you would be if you organized to promote unity and positivity in our neighborhoods. Why sell dope??? YOU can manufacture just soap and toothpaste and make a million dollars LEGALLY and began to make BLACK neighborhoods like Puerto Rican Neighborhoods where we own and operate EVERYTHING that goes down in our communities. THEN and only THEN will we have the world we need to be GREAT!!! Just a thought… Stay up to everyone who did the best the could with the hand they were dealt. WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE!!!!!! #WeAreMansion….

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