Rapper Nipsey Hussle's Alleged Shooter Is Captured After Manhunt: Report
Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Eric Holder, the man suspected of fatally shooting Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, has been captured following a manhunt, according to a report.
CBS Los Angeles reported that Holder, 29, was caught in Bellflower before 1:30 p.m. PT Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Los Angeles police were reportedly working to confirm the man's identity.
Nipsey, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down outside of his store the Marathon Clothing in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.
Police said Holder allegedly approached Nipsey and two other men several times and spoke with them. Later, he returned with a handgun and shot at them.
In surveillance video of the shooting, the suspect can be seen walking up to Nipsey as he stands in the parking lot of a strip mall on West Slauson Avenue. Nipsey, 33, was shot six times and died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso, according to the medical examiner. Two other people were injured in the shooting. One was treated on the scene and the other is in stable condition.
The suspect then allegedly ran to a getaway car, driven by an unidentified woman.
Holder was wanted for homicide. Police said Holder knew Nipsey, with whom he had allegedly gotten into a dispute before the murder.
“At this point in our investigation, based on witness statements, and the background of those that we’ve identified, we believe this to be a dispute between Mr. Hussle and Mr. Holder,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said, according to CBS Los Angeles. “It appears to be a personal matter between the two of them in regards to a dispute, and I’ll leave it at that."
Los Angeles City Council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson quoted the rapper's lyrics at a press conference Tuesday.
"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. "Nipsey is an example of any life lost is a life too many."
Police noted earlier Tuesday that the "the community is the one who is helping us solve this case." They also said there had been 11 homicides in the city in the past week after gang violence had gone down 17 percent last year.
Hundreds gathered outside of the crime scene to pay their respects to Nipsey, but a stampede broke out Monday night after a man allegedly brandished a firearm and several people were injured. No shots were fired, however.
Nipsey was known for giving back to his Los Angeles community in numerous ways, offering jobs to struggling locals at his businesses around the city, paying for the funerals of victims of gun violence and pouring money into local schools.
In February, he opened Vector 90, a community center and co-working space and STEM center in Crenshaw.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called Nipsey "a tireless advocate of the people of this city and this world."
"His impact on our city was deep," he added.
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