Rapper Nipsey Hussle has been killed in a shooting in Los Angeles. He was aged 33.
The news has been confirmed by city officials and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The shooting occurred outside Hussle’s clothing store, Marathon Clothing, on Slauson Avenue. Hussle was taken to the local hospital in Los Angeles and pronounced dead on Sunday afternoon (31 March). Two other victims were also injured in the shooting, police said, and they remain in hospital in a stable condition. According to Lt. Chris Ramirez, the gunman fled the scene.
At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased. We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) March 31, 2019
Garcetti tweeted about the tragedy, offering his condolences: “L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence.”
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
Hussle’s debut LP Victory Lap was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. Aside from music, he was also involved in community activism and worked to end gang violence. He had scheduled a meeting with LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff for tomorrow (2 April) to discuss ways to stop gang violence. In an Instagram post, LA City councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson shared pictures of Hussle, calling him a “poignantly brilliant musician, and a tireless advocate for South L.A.”
Tributes have been pouring in for the rapper online. Read them below.
We (@LAPDChiefMoore and I ) were meeting , at the request of @NipseyHussle with him and @rocnation tomorrow at 4pm to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad https://t.co/rcGtvw9c6L
— Steve Soboroff (@SteveSoboroff) 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
I’ll remember him this way. Bright, genuine, forward thinking.
I’ll remember the beauty that he saw in our community. And the beauty that he was.
He loved us. He’s left that love with us. And it cannot die.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) 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
RIP NIPSEY HUSSLE
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 1, 2019
RIP @NipseyHussle. Madness and Sadness.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) April 1, 2019
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RECEIVING A PHONE CALL LIKE THIS IS THE LAST THING I EXPECTED in the middle of just finishing up the treatment for our new record has my stomach in fucking knots bro!!! I’m still in shock! I’m in disbelief, I’m confused!!!! Smh @laurenlondon I’m so so so so sorry babe, my prayers are with you and the whole fam… I love you. Rest in paradise Nip 💔💔💔💔😢😢😢
🙏🏾💙. A black man, was murdered today. He was a man to his woman, a father to his children and a leader in his community. We are weaker without him.
My sincere condolences to… https://t.co/hF4pjTmVTl
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) April 1, 2019
Rip Nipsey. Terrible.
— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) April 1, 2019