apper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot dead just moments after meeting fans outside his clothing store in LA, was due to meet meet police today to discuss gang violence, it has been revealed.
The 33-year-old Grammy nominee was gunned down in Los Angeles just moments after posing for photos with fans and tweeting that ‘having strong enemies is a blessing’.
Born Ermias Asghedom, the rapper was among three people shot outside the Marathon Store on Sunday afternoon at around 3.20pm.
On Sunday night, LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff tweeted that he and LAPD Chief Michel Moore were due to meet with Hussle and Roc Nation representatives to discuss gang violence today.
He wrote at 8.43pm: ‘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.’
Nipsey was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital. The two other men were in stable conditions.
Eyewitnesses saw a man fleeing in a vehicle after the shooting.
The Los Angeles Police Department said they are still searching for the suspect who they only described as a black male.
Videos have since surfaced of Nipsey receiving CPR on the scene outside his clothing store.
Moments before the gunfire, he had tweeted: ‘Having strong enemies is a blessing.’
He had also posed for a photo with a fan’s child just outside his store shortly before being shot.
Nipsey grew up in south Los Angeles and often talked about being in the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips gang in his teenage years.
‘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,’ he told the LA Times in an interview last year.
He had since become a community organizer in South LA. He was involved in the Destination Crenshaw arts project and opened a co-working space called Vector 90 in Crenshaw so young people could take classes in science, technology and math.
Nipsey is survived by his two-year-old son Kross with Poinsettias for Christmas star Lauren London and his daughter Emani from a prior relationship.
Michel Moore, LAPD chief of police who was due to meet Nipsey today, said there had been 10 murders over the last week.
He wrote on Twitter last night: ‘Tonight’s homicide in South LA represents the latest loss in a troubling surge in violence. Since last Sunday 26 victims have been shot & 10 homicides—that’s 36 families left picking up the pieces. We will work aggressively with our community to quell this senseless loss of life.’
The rapper and his girlfriend of five years had just quizzed each other about favorite colors and celebrity crushes in a GQ interview on Thursday.
‘You. I don’t have a celebrity crush. I’m with my celebrity crush,’ the 34-year-old actress gushed.
Long part of the underground rap circuit, Hussle struggled to find fame but began selling his own mixtapes, which hip-hop royalty Jay-Z once bought 100 of for $100 each.
He was Grammy-nominated for Best Rap Album for ‘Victory Lap,’ his first formal album that finally dropped in February 2018 after six years of teasing, but lost out to rap’s woman of the moment Cardi B.
The heavily-tattooed hip-hop star was next scheduled to perform at the Kings of the West concert on September 14 at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Tributes have been flowing in following news of his death from big names in the music industry, including Rihanna, Drake, and Snoop Dogg.
Mayor Eric Garcetti also tweeted Sunday: ‘Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle.’
Nipsey’s tour mate Snoop Dogg shared several social media tributes in the hours after the shooting.
‘It’s f***ed up, man,’ he said in an Instagram video.
‘I just want to send prayers out to Nipsey Hussle’s family and Lauren London and her family. It’s f***ed up, man. This is f***ed up. Prayers out to the whole family, man. This s*** got to stop, man.
Nine-time Grammy winner Rihanna also tweeted a tribute to Hussle.
‘This doesn’t make any sense!’ she wrote. ‘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.’
Four-time Grammy winner Drake said his ‘whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this.’
‘We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long,’ he wrote.
‘You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g.’