Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside his clothing store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles Sunday, while two other people were also injured, NBC News reported.
The shooting occurred at approximate 3:20 p.m. in the 3400 block of Slauson Avenue, Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department said. Lopez said that it was an ongoing investigation, no one had been detained and the suspect or suspects remained at large.
The shooting took place outside The Marathon Clothing Company, a clothing store owned by the Grammy-nominated rapper whose real name is Ermias Asghedom. Asghedom was one of the three people shot and was pronounced dead at California Hospital Medical Center, sources told NBC4.
He was 33.
Sources said at least one suspect fled the scene in a vehicle, but no suspect description was immediately available.
The killing capped a violent week in South Los Angeles featuring 30 shootings, with at least 17 people struck by gunfire.
The rapper was a regular at Staples Center, and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers joined a collection of athletes and entertainers taking to social media to pay respects to the late rapper.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 31, 2019
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. ���� https://t.co/7gZ795wcQT
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 1, 2019
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! ������
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhusslepic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy @NipseyHussle
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 1, 2019
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence. My Crisis Response Team is assisting the families coping with shock and grief.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) April 1, 2019
Rest in peace, Nipsey Hussle. pic.twitter.com/SgxhQ16Zi9
— x – LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 1, 2019
Artist. Activist. Angeleno.
L.A. mourns the loss of one of our own, Nipsey Hussle. pic.twitter.com/7DovnRkayn
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 1, 2019
Hundreds of people gathered at the site of the shooting as news spread. The area around Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Boulevard was expected to undergo street closures as police investigated the fatal shooting, the LAPD said.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said his Crisis Response Team was assisting the families coping with shock and grief, along with calling the shooting an “awful tragedy.”
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents South LA on the Board of Supervisors, issued a statement in which he said, “Ermias Asghedom, known to us as the hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle, was a father, businessman, entertainer, and inspiration to many. We mourn his sudden and tragic passing and send his family our deepest condolences.”
Ridley-Thomas urged calm and a period of reflection, warning against violent retaliation.
LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff took to Twitter to express his sadness and share that LAPD Chief Michel Moore and Soboroff were, at the request of the rapper, scheduled to meet with Roc Nation on Monday to talk about ways “he (Nipsey Hussle) could help stop gang violence and help us (Moore and Soboroff) help kids.”
Large crowds continued to gather near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, near the site of the shooting as news of the death spread. After the LAPD took down police tape from the parking lot, a large crowd moved into the parking lot and was gathered where the rapper was shot and killed earlier in the day.
There were no immediate reports of any more violence related to the shooting.