Rapper Nipsy Hussle was fatally shot Sunday and two other men were wounded outside Hussle’s clothing store in South Los Angeles.
The shootings happened about 3:20 p.m. in the 3400 block of West Slauson Avenue, near Crenshaw Boulevard in the Hyde Park area, in front of The Marathon Clothing, a business Hussle opened in 2017, authorities said.
One of the two wounded men was hospitalized in stable condition, the other refused hospital transport, sources from the Los Angeles police and fire departments told City News Service.
The 33-year-old Hussle, father of two — whose birth name was Ermias Asghedon — was pronounced dead at a hospital, reports said.
A suspect described only as a male black is being sought, the LAPD’s Chris Ramirez told a media gathering across from the killing scene shown on CBS2.
A motive for the gunfire has not been determined, Ramirez said.
The Grammy nominated Hussle was from the Crenshaw neighborhood and worked on music with members of both the Crips and Blood gangs, TMZ reported.
A variety of sources reported that about an hour before he was shot, Hussle tweeted: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
After news broke that Hussle died, a stream of condolences flooded the Internet.
Los Angeles Lakers all-star forward LeBron James tweeted, “So, so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.”
The rapper Drake posted on Instagram, “My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my G.”
Singer Rihanna tweeted, “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.
Singer/Musician Pharrell Williams tweeted, “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.”
Rapper Megatron told reporters at the scene, “Every time I met him (Nipsy) it was love. He was all about helping people.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted, ” Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents South Los Angeles, Sunday evening released a statement calling for restraint in the wake of Hussle’s killing.
“I urge calm and a period of reflection,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Violent retaliation for this event will not be tolerated. 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.
“I am in contact with law enforcement officials who will provide all the necessary assistance,” Ridley-Thomas said. “And I ask members of the public to come forward with any information related to this incident or any emerging retaliatory response.”
Hundreds of fans have congregated outside the clothing store, playing his songs and leaving flowers.
The LAPD has advised motorists to avoid areas near Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw boulevard because of the police investigation, street closures and heavy traffic.
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