Nipsey Hussle Murder Was Over A 'Personal Dispute': LAPD
A man has been arrested as the suspected killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
UPDATE: Los Angeles sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida has stated that a man that fits the key suspect's description has been detained in Bellflower, a city 32 kilometres southeast of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department and Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference Tuesday to address the alleged murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed outside his store on Sunday.
During the press conference, LAPD Chief Michel R. Moore talked about the suspect in the alleged murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle. He has been identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder. He is not in custody and has not been charged.
"We continue to seek the public's help and assistance." Moore said. "We want the public to help us to apprehend and identify Mr. Eric Holder."
Moore then addressed Holder directly: "To Mr. Holder, who I am confident is watching this, I ask him to surrender," Moore said.
The LAPD chief said there was a dispute between Holder and Hussle of a "personal nature," and that Holder allegedly appeared in front of Hussle's clothing store more than once before shooting him.
"We believe this to be a dispute between Mr. Hustle and Mr. Holder. It appears to be a personal matter between the two of them," he said.
The LAPD chief also confirmed Holder is believed to be a member of a gang.
"We believe Mr. Holder is a member of a street gang," he said, but added that police believe the alleged murder does not appear to be gang related.
Moore did not identify the gang by name, saying it was "not appropriate for a law enforcement official to do."
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on "tough few days" for city
"This has been a tough few days for Los Angeles," Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the news conference. "Nipsey Hussle was an artist who touched our city and the lives far beyond the City of Angels and this world."
Garcetti called Hussle "a tireless advocate of the people of this city and this world," and said, "His impact on our city was deep." Garcetti addressed gang violence, as well, in his remarks, and said even though homicide rates are down 17 percent in Los Angeles in the last year, there have been 11 homicides across the city in the past week alone.
"Mass panic and chaos" at Nipsey Hussle vigil
Several people were injured Monday night when some 300 who'd gathered outside Nipsey Hussle's clothing store in South Los Angeles to pay their respects to the slain rapper suddenly stampeded from the area, authorities said. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, Meghan Aguilar, told reporters there was "mass panic and chaos." There was no initial word on what set it off.
CBS Los Angeles reports the peaceful vigil turned chaotic around 8:10 p.m. when people scattered across the packed parking lot.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said 19 people were taken to hospitals, at least two in critical condition. One was hit by a vehicle, the other a deep puncture wound. Most of those hurt had what the department called "trample injuries" that were "sustained when the crowd rushed out."