A man who is thought to be the suspect in Sunday’s shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle was detained in Bellflower on Tuesday, according to Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Tony Im.
Nipsey Hussle and the man suspected of killing him knew each other, and the shooting appears to be the product of a personal dispute, Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore told reporters Tuesday morning.
Moore declined to elaborate on the feud between the two, saying he didn't want to jeopardize any potential prosecution, but he said the suspect – who has been identified via surveillance video and witnesses as 29-year-old Eric Holder – approached Hussle and others multiple times, engaging them in conversation.
The Grammy-nominated artist was among four people standing between cars outside The Marathon Clothing store he owned in Los Angeles' Hyde Park neighborhood, video from a surveillance camera trained on the parking lot shows.
The 33-year-old, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was a mainstay of the Crenshaw District where he grew up. He owned businesses there, invested in the community and counted several Los Angeles rappers among his influences and collaborators.
“Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy,” Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, said in a tweet Sunday. “L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence.”
His debut studio album “Victory Lap,” released last year, was nominated for “Rap Album of the Year” at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in February of this year.
“Nipsey was not only one of the greatest artists we worked with but an amazing father and leader in his community,” Nipsey Hussle’s label, Atlantic Records, said in a statement Sunday. “One of the kindest and brightest stars in the universe, he was inspiring to all.”
On Tuesday, Hussle’s longtime partner, Lauren London, broke her silence regarding his passing in a heartbreaking message she shared across her social media accounts.
Sharing a picture of him on her Instagram account, she wrote: “I am completely lost ... I've lost my best friend. My sanctuary. My protector. My soul. I'm lost without you. We are lost without you babe. I have no words."
The pair had a two-year-old son, Kross, together and he was also a father to daughter Emani, from a previous relationship.