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UPDATE: 4/2 5:30 p.m. EST

CBS Los Angeles reports that the suspect, Eric Holder, in the Nipsey Hussle murder has been captured.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A man suspected of gunning down musician Nipsey Hussle over a personal dispute has been captured in the Bellflower area.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to CBS2 that 29-year-old Eric Holder was caught by deputies sometime before 1:30 p.m. in the 9900 block of Artesia Boulevard. Los Angeles police told CBS2 they were responding to confirm the suspect’s identity as Holder.

ORIGINAL STORY:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are seeking a 29-year-old man who they believe shot and killed Nipsey Hussle outside the rapper’s clothing store where he was trying to remake his community.

Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore has scheduled a briefing Tuesday morning in which he will discuss how detectives came to identify Eric Holder as the man suspected of killing Hussle Sunday afternoon and wounding two others. No additional details, other than that Holder is suspected of fleeing in a 2016 Chevy Cruze with the license plate 7RJD742, have been released.

Moore also plans to discuss a wider upsurge of violent crime in the city Tuesday morning. The press conference was scheduled before Holder was identified as a suspect. It will be held hours after a disturbance at a memorial for Hussle Monday night left at least 19 people injured, including two people taken to local hospitals in critical condition.

Dozens of police officers cleared the memorial site after a fight apparently broke out and a stampede ensued.

At least one of the critically-injured persons was struck by a car and the other one had a “penetrating injury,” although it’s unclear whether that person was stabbed or cut by broken glass, a fire department spokeswoman said. Two other injuries were serious and 15 were considered non-life threatening.

The incident occurred after hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil outside Hussle’s The Marathon clothing store.

Hussle, who joined the gang Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips as a teenager, had planned to meet with Moore and the city’s police commission president on Monday to discuss preventing gang violence.

An autopsy completed Monday showed that Hussle, 33, died after being shot in the head and torso. The rapper, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, had recently purchased the strip mall where the shop is located and planned to redevelop it into a mixed-use commercial and residential complex.

The plan was part of Hussle’s broader ambitions to remake the neighborhood where he grew up and attempt to break the cycle of gang life that lured him in when he was younger.

The Marathon store on Monday was a gathering point for those grieving Hussle, with mourners leaving candles, flowers, balloons and other items to pay their respects.

Some passersby blared Hussle’s music, which included hits “The Weather,” ”Double Up” and “Hussle & Motivate.”

Dontae Coleman, 28, who lives in the neighborhood, fell to his knees and cried and called Hussle “a legend.”

“Someone changed history yesterday,” he said, referring to the gunman.

Coleman commended the rapper for trying to uplift his own community first instead of simply going elsewhere.

“A lot of people who get rich don’t come back here,” he said. “He’s rare. A lot of people like him don’t come around often.”

Denise Francis Woods, a neighborhood resident who is running for City Council, remembered when Hussle used to sell his demo tapes on street corners in the neighborhood for $5.

“People would tease him,” she said. “They didn’t think that this would work out and look what happened. He persevered, he stayed in, he never gave up.” The effort took him to a whole other level “where he ended up owning property on the same corner.”

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12 thoughts on “Suspect Captured In Nipsey Hussle Murder [WATCH]

  1. While I am glad that the POS who murdered Nipsey was caught, I would like to see the cops take such swift action when it is just an average everyday person who is killed in the urban streets.

    Crimes go un-solved everyday due to the cops lack of time/dedication to apprehend the
    person(s) responsible for committing shootings, etc.

    Every LIFE is of VALUE, not just some!!!!!!!!

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      AMEN L!!! Well said. But they don’t give a damn when it’s average Joe who’s murdered. Just like the Jussie Smollett case they poured $130,000 into that case because a celebrity was involved, they had Jussie convicted with 16 felony charges in a lil over a month…I agree with americanize, this may have been hit on Nipsey an inside job which is how they caught the fool so quickly. The police don’t want the negative attention and pressure when a celebrity is involved which prompts them to move faster.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      @Americanize ..Interesting prospective, I wouldn’t doubt it one bit considering Nipsey was an activist in fighting gang violence. There are people in high places who benefit from keeping black people down. Every positive black movement will ALWAYS have a traitor, snitch or a soul selling coon who will betray his people in alliance with the the white devil. Remember the mentally ill black women who was planted by the racist, she stabbed Dr. King in a failed assassination attempt, these agents still walk amongst us today. I’m still waiting to see what the dispute was about between the two men.

      • americanize on said:

        @Passing Through What up PT Here’s the deal it was a fact through out the hood that the killer was a snitch and informant.He came to Nip’s business and nip let him no that he didn’t want him there b/c he’s a snitch.The POS left and came back with a gun and shot nip six times stood over him and one shot to the head and kicked him before running off,there’s actual footage of the shooting.What gets me is how a dusty azz ni**a eludes police for 36hrs and when they find him he’s at a mental institution.Also the streets were looking for his ass to.Nipsey was well liked throughout the community.

    • Phoenix Rising on said:

      Let’s not forget….4 dead in ‘multiple homicide’ at North Dakota business April 1, 2019. Just another angry white man.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        And the New Zealand shooter, sorry racist but the black male is no longer the face of shooting violence. Your President has made white men number 1 for mass shootings.

  2. This has been going on in the Rap community for decades, as really bad people want to cut out the competition, so either they do away with another rapper, or one in their circle does it, and in the black community, they don’t talk about who did what. It should not be glossed over that Jay Z killed someone, and Sean Combs, and the gun issue when Jennifer Lopez was in the car. The history of guns, big egos, few brains, or character, with lots of guns doesn’t end well.
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