The Los Angeles Police Department and Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference Tuesday to address the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed outside his store on Sunday. They also spoke about the recent surge of gang violence plaguing L.A.
The latest developments include:
- Nipsey Hussle shooting suspect identified as Eric Holder, 29, of Los Angeles. The LAPD is asking the public’s help in locating him.
- LAPD Chief Michel R. Moore described a dispute between Holder and Hussle of a “personal nature,” and said Holder appeared in front of Hussle’s clothing store more than once before shooting him.
- The LAPD chief said Holder is a member of a gang.
- LAPD Commissioner Steve Soboroff read a letter Hussle wrote to the LAPD prior to his death. Soboroff said a planned meeting between the LAPD, members of Nipsey Hussle’s family and his label Roc Nation will continue as scheduled.
- Before his death, the rapper planned to meet with police officials to discuss ways to fight gang violence in the city.
LAPD Chief discusses Nipsey Hussle shooting suspect
During the press conference, LAPD Chief Michael R. Moore talked about the suspect in the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle. He has been identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder, and he is not in custody.
“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 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 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.”
LAPD on gun violence
During the press conference, Los Angeles police officials spoke about ways they are seeking to address gun violence.
The Los Angeles Police Department said they will establish an office of violence prevention to tackle gun violence and help with support for the families of victims of homicide.
“The issue of gun violence cannot be minimized,” a spokesperson for the department said.
During the press conference, LAPD Commissioner Steve Soboroff read a letter Nipsey Hussle wrote to the LAPD prior to his death. Soboroff said a planned meeting between the LAPD and Nipsey Hussle’s label Roc Nation and members of Hussle’s family will continue as scheduled. The rapper planned to meet with Los Angeles Police Department officials to discuss ways to fight gang violence in the city.
“The meeting will happen,” Soboroff said. “I want to help what he wanted to do.”
Nipsey Hussle’s lyrics quoted at press conference
Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson spoke at the Nipsey Hussle press conference and quoted the rapper’s lyrics in his address to the press.
“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.'” Harris Dawson said, “Nipsey is an example of any life lost is a life too many.”
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on “tough few days” for city
L.A. mayor on Nipsey Hussle murder investigation
“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.
Suspect named in Nipsey Hussle slaying
A suspect has been named in the investigation into the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle. Eric Holder, 29, of Los Angeles, is identified as the suspect. The LAPD is asking the public’s help in locating him.
Detectives say that Holder was last seen in a 2016 white four-door Chevy Cruze with California license plate 7RJD742. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100.
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 pic.twitter.com/3pX4fbezDs
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 2, 2019
“Mass panic and chaos” at Nipsey Hussle vigil
Panic erupts at Nipsey Hussle vigil, 19 injured
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.”
Community leaders and fans remember Nipsey Hussle
Community leaders and fans lead an outpouring of support for Nipsey Hussle. African American leaders in Los Angeles have demanded the person who killed Nipsey Hussle turn himself in and surrender to police. Hussle’s devastated fans came to the crime scene Monday to leave tokens of support and remembrance.
Community leaders and fans remember Nipsey Hussle
Nipsey Hussle planned meeting with LAPD to discuss ways to fight gang violence
Before he was gunned down outside his clothing store Sunday, rapper Nipsey Hussle planned to meet with Los Angeles Police Department officials to discuss ways to fight gang violence in the city. Police commissioner Steve Soboroff said the meeting involved himself, Chief Michel Moore, Nipsey Hussle and his label, Roc Nation. Soboroff said the meeting will continue as planned Monday.