Suspect in Nipsey Hussle shooting identified as chaos breaks out at vigil

The Los Angeles Police Department has officially named 29-year-old Eric Holder as a suspect in the murder of Nipsey Hussle. A warrant is being issued for his arrest.

LAPD released a photo of Holder, saying he was “last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze CA license plate 7RJD742.” Detectives are “seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect involved in a multiple victim shooting which resulted in a homicide.”

“We believe with probable cause and a degree of certainty… that Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in a conversation with Nipsey and the others that were there,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in a press conference Tuesday. “He left and then came back and subsequently came back armed with a handgun and purposefully and repeatedly fired, striking and killing Nipsey Hussle.”

Hussle, real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was killed on Sunday afternoon after being shot outside his South Los Angeles clothing store, Marathon Clothing. He was 33. Two other men were injured in the incident, but survived. The murder came weeks after the activist’s only studio album, Victory Lap, was up for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards.

“We want the public to help us identify and apprehend Mr. Holder,” Moore continued, calling him a “substantial risk to public safety.”

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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.
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
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We fi… https://t.co/Sn5ejtJscL
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Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his famil… https://t.co/DndFHQfzgd
Just spoke to you, always kept it 1000. Always was real. You’re a 🐐 Rest up young KING. RIP Nipsey
😥😥😥😥😥😥‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.
Gone 2 soon @nipseyhussle I’m so sad right now I’ll just reflect on the good times we had 💙🙏🏽
RIP @NipseyHussle. Madness and Sadness.
I’ll remember him this way. Bright, genuine, forward thinking. I’ll remember the beauty that he saw in our commun… https://t.co/7uWPVUZywI
Rolled down my window 12 years ago on Crenshaw & Slauson as you handed me your demo & said “Chuck, don’t frisbee my shit homie... give a young nigga a ear”. From that day to letting you open up for me on tour & us going around the world together, creating a bond & watching your growth to today...... Murdered my friend in front of his own store on a Sunday at that !!! After just talking to you on the phone just last night about the Dr. Sebi documentary, family, the kids & how we were both bout to f&$k the summer up with this music, the world loses a true king. A man that was truly about everything he spoke & stood up for all that he believed in. I keep seeing your name in these headlines bro, but it seems unreal to me.... like, I just cannot believe you gone !!!! I love you..... I’m really broken & saddened by the fact they did this to you SMMFH !!!!! I can only imagine what your family is going through right now... This was not how your life on earth was supposed to end !!!!!!!! They don’t even make friends like you no more...... @nipseyhussle 🙏🏾 & in LA, at his own store ?!?!? A store & business he put there for his people ?!?!? Los Angeles, how we let this happen ?!?!?!?!? I’m ashamed of you right now !!!!! Can’t even live out ya whole life in this city no more... this shit right here is just krazy to me !!!!!!!!!!!! #RestInPeaceNip can’t even fuckin believe it’s actually your name attached to all these REST IN PEACE posts !!!!! SMFH
Broke me.... we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level… https://t.co/QkjHCIvKs3
Real one after real one smh R.I.P Nipsey the solid morals you stood on and your legacy will last 4L!!
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You… https://t.co/jvaA0r3dV3
I’m truly hurt this was one of the good guys ! Sending blessings and love to his family 🙏🏽
Prayers up for @NipseyHussle
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heartbroken and speechless god bless your beautiful family just spoke about working... a community legend. a humb… https://t.co/ugAQWAMf1f
my heart is heavy right now. rest in peace nipsey 💔
God just lost a Son, a son just lost his father, a family just lost their king & hip hop just lost one of their elite. One of the Greatest overall MEN I’ve ever encountered in my life. He was always Leading by example by rebuilding his community. The entire Hip hop community and the World 🌎 is Numb. 🙏🏽🙏🏽
Praying for my boy right now.shit crazy. You’ve come to far for the mission to be stopped .God watch over this brave leader. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾#prayfornipsey😥💔
God damn man....Real emotions and feelings rights now. Fuck man...u have always been a good dude...I’m so sorry...R… https://t.co/hoX7jzXCkv
prayers up for nipsey x his family 🙏🏽😔❤️
This one hurts man... Lauren I am so so so sorry!!! RIP Nipsey 🙏🏽
RIP NIPSEY HUSSLE
This is so painful! @NipseyHussle was doing great work for the people. Keep his legacy alive by carrying on his wor… https://t.co/mdz3Xn0Kg3
Rest in Love Nipsey. I am an admirer of your wisdom which will now be part of your legacy. My heart bleeds for all those who love him. Stay strong @laurenlondon. He’s an angel on your shoulder now. ❤️
Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. L.A. is hurt deeply… https://t.co/gysoUZWtMH
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Moore believes the motive was personal and not a dispute “related to rivalries between gangs.” (It was initially speculated the fatal shooting was gang-related as Hussle had spoken of his previous affiliation with the Rollin’ 60s Crips.) However, Moore said Holder is believed to be “a member of a street gang.”

“We believe this to be a dispute between Mr. Hussle and Mr. Holder,” he told reporters. “I’m not going to go into the conversations, but it appears to be a personal matter between the two of them in regards to a dispute and I’ll leave it at that.” Moore confirmed that police “believe they were known to each other.”

Along with Holder, the LAPD is interested in “identifying and apprehending” the driver of the vehicle the suspect was last seen in.

“These two individuals, Mr. Holder and the female that was driving the vehicle… are our primary interest,” Moore revealed, saying they will “pursue and vigorously prosecute” anyone helping or harboring Holder.  “There should be no safe haven for this individual.”

On Monday night, chaos erupted at a vigil outside of Marathon Clothing where hundreds of people gathered to pay their respect to Hussle, who did so much for the South Los Angeles community. One person was stabbed and others injured after someone in the crowd was spotted with a handgun, according to Moore.

“We have no information that he shot anyone with it, but that another individual there seeing that… attempted to disarm him. In that struggle, it caused panic in that group of hundreds of people,” Moore explained, saying the panic caused a stampede. Many of the injuries were sustained from falls.

TMZ obtained surveillance footage that appears to show the murder suspect. Thirty minutes before the shooting, the Los Angeles born rapper tweeted about having “strong enemies.”

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirmed on Monday that Hussle died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Nipsey Hussle attends the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: CraSH/imageSPACE/MediaPunch /IPX
Rapper Nipsey Hussle watches an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Nipsey Hussle attends the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Nipsey Hussle attends Nipsey Hussle Grammy Celebration at The Peppermint Club on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Nipsey Hussle attends Nipsey Hussle Grammy Celebration at The Peppermint Club on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Nipsey Hussle attends the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Warner Music)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 14: Rapper Nipsey Hussle performs onstage during day one of the Rolling Loud Festival at Banc of California Stadium on December 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 10: Rapper Nipsey Hussle attends A Craft Syndicate Music Collaboration Unveiling Event at Opera Atlanta on December 10, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
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The “Racks in the Middle” rapper was supposed to meet Monday with Moore and Commissioner Steve Soboroff “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids,” according to Soboroff. Hussle was widely known for his work around the community and giving back to South Los Angeles.

In interviews, Hussle did not hide the fact he joined the Rollin’ 60s gang as a teenager.

“We dealt with death, with murder,” he later told The Times in 2018. “It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while.”

Moore held a meeting Monday at the Watts Civic Center and vowed to bring Hussle’s assailants to justice, calling the circumstances tragic. “Throughout the years as he fostered success in his music career … he chose, rather than to leave … to come back and reinvest. And to reinvest and try to address the various underpinnings that fostered this environment,” he declared.

Community leaders have urged people to come forward with information and not retaliate.

“Violent retaliation for this event will not be tolerated,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said, per The Times. “Our communities have lost too many young men and bright futures to the scourge of gun violence. For healing to occur, even from this terrible incident, justice must be sought through legal means, and community peace must be found.”

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