Rapper, Activist Nipsey Hussle Shot Dead
Rapper Ermias Asghedom, better known as Nipsey Hussle, was shot dead at age 33 on Sunday, March 31. The attack occurred outside of Marathon Clothing Company, his Hyde Park (Los Angeles) based retail store.
Hussle’s death has been described as beyond rap music. He was an activist who sought to better the lives of children in underprivileged companies and facilitated dialogue between law enforcement and community members. Hussle was more than a rap artist – he was a community leader and a necessary voice for the unprotected. In Nipsey Hussle’s own words, “I’m trying to take care of my people.”
One night after Hussle’s death, LAPD named 29-year-old Eric Holder as a suspect in connection with the death. During a Tuesday morning press conference, LAPD Chief Michel Moore stated that, ‘police believe the shooting was related to a dispute between Mr. Hussle and Mr. Holder’ and that “we believe they were known to each other.”
The LAPD Tweeted a news release on Monday with the following caption: “Eric Holder is wanted for Homicide in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle. He was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze CA license plate 7RJD742. Anyone with information related to his whereabouts or this deadly shooting is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100”
LAPD News Release:
Los Angeles: Detectives from LAPD's South Bureau Homicide Division are seeking the public's help in locating the suspect involved in a multiple victim shooting which resulted in a homicide.
On March 31, 2019 around 3:20 p.m. three male adults were standing in front of a business in a strip mall in the 3400 block of West Slauson Blvd. The suspect walked up to the men and fired numerous shots at them.
The victims were struck and fell to the ground.
The suspect ran southbound through an adjacent alley to a waiting vehicle. The suspect entered the passenger side of the vehicle and fled the area. The vehicle is a 2016 Chevy Cruze, white four doors, CA license plate 7RJD742. The vehicle was driven by an unidentified female.
Two victims were transported to local hospitals and one refused medical treatment at the scene. One victim, Ermias Asghedom, known as Nipsey Hussle, died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained
Detectives have worked tirelessly and are now asking for the public's help in locating the suspect in this case. The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder of Los Angeles.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call South Bureau Homicide Detectives, at 323-786-5100. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.