Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Nipsey Hussle
A suspect has been arrested in the Bellflower neighborhood of Los Angeles for the murder of Grammy-nominated rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, an LAPD spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE. The suspect in question is Eric Holder, the LAPD tweeted.
Hussle was gunned down on Sunday afternoon in front of his Hyde Park clothing store, Marathon Clothing Company. Two other men were also shot, though they survived their injuries.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, LAPD Chief Michel R. Moore described a personal dispute between Holder and Hussle, alleging that Holder showed up in front of Hussle’s clothing store multiple times before shooting him: “Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in a conversation with Nipsey and the others that were there. He left and subsequently came back armed with a handgun and purposefully and repeatedly fired, striking and killing Nipsey Hussle.”
Hussle, 33, died from gunshot wounds of both the head and torso, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed on Monday. “Paramedics were called and [Hussle who was born Ermias Joseph Asghedom] was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.,” the coroner said, in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
At the press conference, Moore asked Holder to turn himself in: “To Mr. Holder, who I am confident is watching this: I ask him to surrender.”
Moore also said he believed Holder was a member of a local gang, though Hussle’s slaying did not appear to be gang-related.
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“On March 31, 2019 around 3:20 p.m. three male adults were standing in front of a business in a strip mall in the 3400 block of West Slauson Blvd. The suspect walked up to the men and fired numerous shots at them. The victims were struck and fell to the ground,” read the statement.
“The suspect ran southbound through an adjacent valley to a waiting vehicle. The suspect entered the passenger side of the vehicle and fled the area. The vehicle is a 2016 Chevy Cruze, white four doors, CA license plate 7RJD742. The vehicle was driven by an unidentified female.”
On Monday night, mass chaos broke out at a vigil for Hussle when multiple people were injured on site. “We had a series of falls, trips and injuries from the glass and other materials that were there, and that was the vast majority of the injuries that we saw,” Moore stated during a press conference, according to the New York Times.
On Monday night, the New York Times reports, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department stated that at least 19 people were transported to hospitals after Hussle’s memorial, where hundreds of people had gathered to mourn the loss of the rapper and activist, who was a beloved figure in his community and the music world at large.