19 Hurt in Chaos at Vigil for Rapper Nipsey Hussle

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2019-04-02 08:47:41

A crowd that had gathered to mourn slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in South Los Angeles was dispersed Monday night after a chaotic scene broke out at the memorial that left 19 people hospitalized.

Police issued citywide tactical alert. A tactical alert provides police departments the option of re-distributing officers to respond to a major emergency.

At least one person was stabbed at the vigil, law enforcement sources told NBC News. The Los Angeles Fire Department said 19 people were taken to area hospitals related to the incident, with two of them in critical condition, two in serious condition and 15 considered to be non-life threatening.

Firefighters initially said the department was responding to reports of shots fired at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Police Department said that reports of the shots fired were inaccurate a short time later.

Newschopper4 Bravo was over the scene and observed the crowd scatter multiple times, with several people visibly injured and receiving medical attention from paramedics. Police vehicles could be seen approaching the scene in response to the chaos, and police showing force to take control of the chaotic situation.

“Is the area we in,” said a community member present at the vigil, “until things get better, its going to keep happening regardless of any situation that goes down.”

Police proceeded to create a skirmish line and dispersed the crowd that had gathered to pay respects to the slain rapper prior to the panic and injuries.

A witness at the place of the vigil said there were no shots prior to the melee.

“Somebody panicked and people started to run,” David Groce said. “No shots were fired, nobody was fighting, people paniched and a group of people ran.”

At approximately 9:45 p.m., the LAPD issued a citywide tactical alert, NBC News reported. Newschopper4 Bravo observed approximately 100 police officers on Slauson Avenue near the memorial. 

The memorial was held at the location where Hussle was shot, a clothing store in the neighborhood where the Grammy-nominated rapper was from. The 33-year-old’s legal name was Ermias Asghedom.

Hussle “was a big figure in our community,” the man at the vigil explained. “But unfortunately,” he said, “everybody doesn’t receive the message, or some people don’t even like the message.” 

“The community is killing the community,” local activist Jennifer Rivers said, “and Nipsey fought against this, you know, and now he lost his life.”

Late Monday, police identified Eric Holder, 29, as a suspect in Hussle’s killing. He is believed to have fled in a white 4-door Chevy Cruze.

Two other people were injured in the shooting. 

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