Rapper Nipsey Hussle was pronounced dead following a shooting outside of his Los Angeles  clothing store, Marathon Clothing. Los Angeles Police Department responded to a shooting call at Marathon Clothing around 3:25 p.m. yesterday. When they arrived, three people were suffering from gunshot wounds. Many sources have reported that Hussle was shot up to six times. One of the other victims died from his injuries. Lt. Chris Ramirez told reporters that authorities have launched a homicide investigation and are searching for a suspect.

Hours before the incident, Hussle left an obscure message on Twitter saying, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”  

The rapper leaves behind three kids and a girlfriend, Lauren London. The rapper was born in Los Angeles, California and his birth name was Ermias Ashgedom. The rapper was 33 years old. Hussle earned his first Grammy nomination after releasing his debut studio album, “Victory Lap,” in 2018. Many celebrities and fans took to social media to give their condolences.

Hussle was a prominent figure in his community and used his resources to uplift the community. Hussle opened two community centers for kids to go to after school for tutoring, games, and a meal. He wanted growth for his community. He owned numerous businesses in the Crenshaw community where he created jobs and opportunities for his people. He became widely respected for his initiatives.

Hussle planned to sit down with the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and the chief of police Monday afternoon to talk about putting an end to gang violence and helping the kids in the community. Hussle was always transparent about his history as a member of the Rollin 60’s.

“I grew up in gang culture,” Hussle told the Los Angeles Times last year. “We dealt with death, with murder. 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.”

Mayor Eric Garacetti tweeted, “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.”

 

By: Meagan Chalmers  

Photo Courtesy: The Washington Post