Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper and entrepreneur, was fatally shot outside his own clothing store in that Los Angeles’ Hyde Park neighborhood on Sunday. Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom was shot multiple times outside his The Marathon Clothing store, according to The Los Angeles Times. The 33-year-old’s death was confirmed by a city officials including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Two others were injured in the shooting, police said.
News of his death, in a shooting that left two others wounded, prompted an outpouring of support from the Los Angeles community that he championed. “Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy,” Mayor Garcetti tweeted. “L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence.”
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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
At about 3:25 p.m. local time, Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a shooting call at the Marathon Clothing store, which Hussle opened in 2017, Lt. Chris Ramirez told reporters at a news conference. Arriving at the scene, police found three people “suffering from gunshot wounds,” Ramirez said. Two of the people were taken to a hospital, where one later died of his injuries, Ramirez said. Ramirez declined to identify the person who died and told The Washington Post that police were waiting on the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office for confirmation. The coroner’s office did not respond to a request for comment. The other person taken to the hospital was in “stable condition” and was “expected to pull through,” Ramirez said. Shortly before the shooting, Hussle had tweeted about “enemies.”
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Hussle’s store has become an impromptu memorial to the rapper and the other casualties of the shooting. Mourners laid flowers and lit candles, and left signs bearing tributes to Hussle.“People who help matter,” one tribute read. Local activists gathered in a bank parking lot near the crime scene on Monday morning to call for an end to violence and for the shooter to surrender to authorities. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore tweeted that Saturday’s shooting was “the latest loss in a troubling surge in violence” citywide.
Artists including Drake, Rihanna and J Cole have paid tribute to Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who has been shot dead in Los Angeles.
“Fuck. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g.” – Drake wrote on his Instagram.
Other to pay tribute included J. Cole, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Diddy, Pusha T, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, Atlantic Records and more.
Nipsey you a legend. I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones. This was sposed to be the year we got one in. God had bigger plans for you 🙏🏿
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 1, 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 @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
Wow. I don’t even know what to say. I’m confused. Nipsey and I had just started really getting to know each other. I feel honored to have worked on his project. Nipsey represents change, he represents evolution, he represents everything our culture needs to embrace. pic.twitter.com/BN9240BYwK
— Diddy (@Diddy) April 1, 2019
Sad to see you go Nip, I’m only finding peace in knowing you are blessed. As you know, I was honored to share in such an amazing year with you musically. We spoke abt how they let the… https://t.co/DKSuAqKRqw
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) April 1, 2019
Broke me…. we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I’m tired 🙏🏾 prayers for my brother and his family
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 1, 2019
They see the money fame and nominations and call that
“making it out” it’s starting to seem like that sucks you in even more especially if you tryna change and better everything you can in a positive way…y’all gone kill and destroy every solid rapper or figure we got???
— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) April 1, 2019
Words can not express our sadness. Nipsey was not only one of the greatest artists we worked with but an amazing father & leader in his community. One of the kindest & brightest stars in the universe, he was inspiring to all. We will miss him, his music & everything he stood for.
— Atlantic Records (@AtlanticRecords) April 1, 2019
“Me being a human comes before me being an artist,” he told Billboard last year. “I want to affect change and I want to impact the communities that I grew up in, and the ones like it.”