The LAPD is in search of a man who it believes is responsible for the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
The department released a statement via Twitter identifying the alleged suspect as 29-year-old Eric Holder early Tuesday morning. It also asked the public for help in finding Holder, or any further information related to the tragedy. The Grammy-nominated rapper’s murder occurred in front of a surveillance camera which can now provide a lead to the police authorities to find the shooter in concern.
Sources from TMZ managed to obtain the video from a store adjacent to Nipsey Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing. In the footage, one can see a person in redshirt enter the frame of the camera from the left side, and walk quickly towards the front of the clothing store. The shootout is hard to make out from the video, but a victim collapses to the ground and several take flight from the crime scene.
But thanks to the surveillance video the police have now confirmed that there were many witnesses to the crime. However, it is unclear as to whether the victim in the ground is actually Nipsey Hussle. The individual is clad in the same white shirt as Nipsey was photographed previously the shootout. Officials have identified that the gunman as Eric Holder and that he escaped in a vehicle driven by a female.
Police have further mentioned that the deceased rapper, Nipsey Hussle had plans to meet with the LAPD chief officials to talk about matters related to gang violence. The authorities have a reason to believe that the crime was somehow was gang-related.
Eric Holder is wanted for Homicide in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle. He was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze CA license plate 7RJD742. Anyone with information related to his whereabouts or this deadly shooting is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100 pic.twitter.com/3pX4fbezDs
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 2, 2019
It also issued a news release with more information about the incident.
“On March 31, 2019 around 3:20 p.m. three male adults were standing in front of a business in a strip mall in the 3400 block of West Slauson Blvd. The suspect walked up to the men and fired numerous shots at them. The victims were struck and fell on the ground.
The suspect ran southbound through an adjacent alley to a waiting vehicle. The suspect entered the passenger side of the vehicle and fled the area. The vehicle is a 2016 Chevy Cruze, white four doors, CA license plate 7RJD742. The vehicle was driven by an unidentified female.
Two victims were transported to local hospitals and one refused medical treatment on the scene. One victim, Emias Asghedom, known as Nipsey Hussle, died as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained. Detectives have worked tirelessly and are now asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in this case. The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder of Los Angeles.”
Also on Monday evening, police arrived to a vigil outside of Hussle’s Marathon Clothing in the Hyde Park where he was gunned down. Officials were called to the scene after alerts of a fight that resulted in a stampede that critically injured two. One of the injured was hit by a car, the other suffered a “penetrating, traumatic injury” according to Variety, and 19 people were taken to the hospital.
Our men and women are on scene and making every effort to protect everyone in attendance at the Nipsey Hussle vigil.
Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 2, 2019
The LAPD also tweeted about the incident and shut down speculation that gun shots were fired. Nipsey Hussle passed away from gunshot injuries to the head and torso, the L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirmed Monday. A spokeswoman for the LAPD, Lizeth Lomeli, said the department was on a “manhunt” with “all hands on deck” to capture the shooter. The mayor of L.A., Eric Garcetti, also released a statement with his condolences. He said;
“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.”
LAPD Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff also released a statement, revealing he had plans to meet with Hussle on Monday about ways to stop gun violence and vowed that the department would continue his work.