Nipsey Hussle has died after being shot outside his store in L.A. on Sunday, March 31, Us Weekly can confirm.
A law enforcement source told Us that the rapper “was shot and killed in front of Marathon Clothing store on Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles. Police are still investigating.”
TMZ reports Opens a New Window. that the musician, 33, was one of three people gunned down outside his clothing company in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Eyewitnesses reportedly heard multiple shots fired.
The Los Angeles Times reports Opens a New Window. that he was shot multiple times and Los Angeles police have closed off the area as they investigate the shooting. NBC News reports Opens a New Window. that the two other men are in serious condition and the suspect remains at large.
Shortly before the incident, Hussle, who was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammys for his debut studio album, Victory Lap, tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
The rapper, whose real name is Ermias Davidson Asghedom, had long been associated with the Crips, one of L.A.’s biggest street gangs, and confirmed his affiliation in an interview with Complex magazine in 2010.
In March last year, he opened a center in the suburb of Crenshaw to promote diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “In our culture, there’s a narrative that says, ‘Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers,’” he told the Los Angeles Times at the time. “And that’s cool but there should be something that says, ‘Follow Elon Musk, follow [Mark] Zuckerberg.’ I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the people that’s waving that flag.”