Nipsey Hussle murder: Police identify 29-year-old LA resident as suspect in the killing
The Los Angeles police have identified a suspect in the Nipsey Hussle shooting which took place Sunday in front of the rapper's South LA apparel store, The Marathon Clothing, shortly after it was reported that many fans were injured in the violence that broke out during a memorial to the slain rapper. The surveillance camera in the neighborhood reportedly captured the shooting, and the footage has given the police a major lead in their investigation.
According to TMZ, which has obtained the surveillance footage from a neighboring business in the Hyde Park neighborhood, a man in a red shirt - now identified as Eric Holder - is seen entering from an alleyway through the left side of the screen. Even though in the initial footage the actual shooting is not visible, one of the three victims could be seen collapsing to the ground, while several others are seen fleeing the area. A longer version of the video also got circulated a while later, in which the suspect can be seen opening fire on Hussle three times, walking away and then returning to shoot him twice again. He was then seen kicking Hussle and running back to the alley.
It is reported that the tension between Hussle and Holder started after the rapper asked the murder suspect if he has ever snitched to cops because word on the street is that he did. Feeling disrespected by Hussle's accusations, Holder reportedly left to get a gun and returned to kill the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom.
Holder is now a wanted man for homicide. "He was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze CA license plate 7RJD742," LAPD tweeted. "Anyone with information related to his whereabouts or this deadly shooting is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100."
Meanwhile, the officials are also investigating the violence that broke out at Hussle's memorial Monday night, where multiple people were injured with trample injuries, with at least two getting critically injured. NBC News reports that one of them had been struck by a vehicle and the other met with an unspecified penetrating injury.
"We had at least one patient in critical condition that was transported at the initiation of the incident, but I cannot confirm the type of injuries suffered at this point," Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department is reported as saying, adding that the numbers are quickly changing. There are over 65 firefighters on scene, she revealed.