Grammy-nominated hip hop star, Nipsey Hussle whose real name is Ermias Asghedom, died Sunday after a shooting in Los Angeles.
According to multiple sources, the 33-year-old rapper was gunned down Sunday in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, south of the Crenshaw area. He was at his clothing store called the Marathon Clothing Company, which had opened back in 2017.
CNN reports that two other people were injured in the shooting which happened around 3:20 p.m., according to the LAPD, which tweeted out information of the incident:
At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased. We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) March 31, 2019
All three victims were reportedly transported to a hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead, according to police. The other two were in stable condition, police added. Later, the department issued another tweet describing the suspect:
UPDATE: The suspect in the shooting is described as a male black & LAPD South Bureau Homicide is conducting an investigation to locate him and anyone else involved. You can expect the area of Slauson & Crenshaw to be impacted by streets closures & heavy traffic for several hours.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 1, 2019
Hussle, who was a native to the Crenshaw area and rumored to be affiliated with national street gang The Crips, tweeted ominously earlier that day:
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Mark Ridley-Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who represents the southern part of the city, released a statement Sunday night saying his district mourned the loss of Hussle.
“Ermias Asghedom, known to us as the hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle, was a father, businessman, entertainer, and inspiration to many,” Ridley-Thomas said, urging his district to stay calm and reflect on the tragedy. “Our communities have lost too many young men and bright futures to the scourge of gun violence. For healing to occur, even from this terrible incident, justice must be sought through legal means, and community peace must be found.”
According to CNN, Hussle had been scheduled to meet with LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff and LAPD Chief Michael Moore on Monday to discuss ways to stop gang violence. Soboroff tweeted:
We (@LAPDChiefMoore and I ) were meeting , at the request of @NipseyHussle with him and @rocnation tomorrow at 4pm to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad https://t.co/rcGtvw9c6L
— Steve Soboroff (@SteveSoboroff) April 1, 2019
This wasn’t the first shooting at Marathon Clothing. Gunfire erupted there back in September of 2018, but no one was injured. LAPD responded to the store for that shooting, but did not find any suspects or victims and witnesses were uncooperative. The rapper was not at the store that time.
STARS TWEET REACTIONS AND TRIBUTES
After news spread of Hussle’s death, celebrities expressed their shock and condolences on social media.
Chicago’s Chance The Rapper tweeted, ” RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic.”
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic
— Chance Owbum ? (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. ?? https://t.co/7gZ795wcQT
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 1, 2019
Nipsey you a legend. I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones. This was sposed to be the year we got one in. God had bigger plans for you ??
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 1, 2019
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! ???
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
??????‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2019
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 1, 2019
Hussle is survived by his two children and his girlfriend, Lauren London, with whom he just had a child in 2016. Reel 360 sends out our condolences to his family and friends.