Nipsey Hussle's Alleged Shooter Charged With Murder

Eric Holder was arrested in Los Angeles earlier this week and faces a possible life sentence if convicted of all charges.
By Elyse Dupre Apr 04, 2019 9:31 PMTags
Inside the Inspiring Life and Tragic Death of Nipsey Hussle

The rapper, born Ermias Asghedom, was killed Sunday, Mar. 31 in front of The Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. In a statement released by the LAPD, the authorities alleged the suspect approached Hussle and two other men, fired "numerous" shots and then fled the scene in a vehicle waiting nearby that was allegedly driven by an unidentified female. The police say Holder was last seen in a 2016, white, four-door Chevy Cruze.

According to the authorities, two of the victims were transported to a nearby hospital while one refused medical treatment at the scene. Hussle died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

The police asked the public to share any information they may know about the case.

"Detectives have worked tirelessly and are now asking for the public's help in locating the suspect in the case," the LAPD wrote in a tweeted statement. "The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder of Los Angeles. Anyone with additional information is urged to call South Bureau Detectives, at 323-786-5100." 

The authorities also provided additional contact information should people wish to report tips anonymously or during non-business hours.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore hosted a press conference about the case on Tuesday. During the press conference, he said the police were able to identify Holder through video evidence, as well as through statements and information provided by the community. He also said police believe Holder and Hussle knew each other and that the shooting could have been over a personal dispute.

In addition, he said the authorities are working with the district attorney to seek the information needed to obtain a warrant for arrest. 

After news of Hussle's death broke, several artists—including Beyonce, Cardi B, Rihanna and Drakepaid tribute to the late rapper on social media.

"I'm praying with every ounce of my heart for your family," Beyoncé wrote on Instagram. "Rest In Peace, Nipsey."

A vigil was also held at the scene of the shooting on Monday; however, 19 people were injured at the memorial. According to NBC News, two were in critical condition—including one who had been hit by a car—and two were in serious condition.

Fire officials told the news outlet the majority of people hospitalized seemed to have suffered "trample injuries" from people falling over or being knocked down as crowds attempted to leave. 

Per The New York Times, reasoning for the fleeing was not immediately clear.

(This article was originally published on April 2 @ 6:14 a.m.)