Suspect in killing of Nipsey Hussle urged to surrender

Tanya Cunningham
April 3, 2019

Less than 24 hours after the Los Angeles Police Department publicly announced the suspect for the March 31 murder of Nipsey Hussle (and shooting two other men), authorities have captured the fugitive that investigators believe to be the killer.

The chief told a televised press conference Tuesday that he was confident 29-year-old suspect Eric Holder was watching.

Gunfire was reported in a crowd outside Hussle's clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in south Los Angeles, where he was shot and killed on Sunday, police and media reports said.

After the shooting, Holder fled to an alleyway, where he got in a white 2016 Chevy Cruze, which was driven by an unidentified woman.

"One of Nipsey's most well known songs says: 'Bullets don't have names, and as long as they're flying, all of us are in danger, '" Harrison-Dawson said.

Authorities had no information to indicate Hussle's death was related to gang activity.

Several people were injured, some of them critically, after a vigil for Hussle turned into a stampede. Dozens of police officers cleared the memorial site.

Two other people suffered serious injuries and 15 had injuries that were considered non-life threatening.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed the rapper - who was born Ermias Joseph Asghedom - died of gunshot wounds to the head torso.

Hussle, who was of Eritrean descent, grew up in south Los Angeles. One individual was stabbed in the melee, but police have no suspect, he said.

The LAPD is working with community leaders to clean the area, protect the memorial and make it safe for visitors, Moore said. "Nipsey is an example of any life lost is a life too many". Soboroff on Tuesday morning read for reporters the email he received from Hussle in February requesting the meeting.

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