UPDATED: 4:49 p.m. EDT — Police have arrested the man suspected in the murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle, according to a new report. Eric Holder was taken into custody in the Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower on Tuesday afternoon, CBS LA tweeted.
The shooting was not gang-related, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said earlier in the day during a press conference. The violence stemmed from a personal dispute, CNN.com reported.
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 approached Nipsey and others multiple times, engaging them in conversation.”
An arrest warrant was issued for a man suspected of shooting and killing rapper Nipsey Hussle outside of his clothing store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles on Sunday.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspect’s name is Eric Holder.
“He was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze, CA license plate 7RJD7842. Anyone with information related to his whereabouts or this deadly shooting is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide at 323 786-5100,” the police department tweeted early Tuesday morning. “He is reportedly 29 years old. He allegedly goes by the name “Shitty Cuz” or “Fly Mac.” See below:
TMZ also reported on Thursday that Nipsey Hussle was filming a music video for the track “Higher,” which is a song with DJ Khaled and John Legend. The site claimed the rapper was in fear for his life during the video shoot.
“There was great concern over Nipsey’s safety during the shoot … specifically over the parking structure the crew used to film,” TMZ reported. “Our sources say the production team wanted the entire structure shut down so that only folks working the shoot would have access.” Ten armed police officers were reportedly hired.
While outlets like the Los Angeles Times said the shooting was gang-related, community activists in Los Angeles disagreed.
“Let’s stop all the rumors in the community about who might have done it. It’s no gang violence, this is a targeted situation and it was not gang-related,” Skipp Townsend wrote in a Facebook post. “There was no one gang member that came to target the Crenshaw and Slauson area. Nipsey made himself accessible, he did not run, he did not hide, he was here daily.”
Denise Frances Woods, who is a candidate for the Los Angeles City Council for district eight, the area where Hussle did his community activism, said she knew the rapper since he was a kid and called his death “tragic.” Woods also reminded the community that Hussle’s death is not an isolated incident, but a part of a larger problem.
Based on a tweet by Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore, Nipsey Hussle was one of 26 people killed in across the city in the last week.
Other community members called Hussle a role-model and expressed that he would truly be missed. At a press conference, it was also announced that paperwork had been sent to their city councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson to name the intersection of Crenshaw and Slauson “Nipsey Hussle Way.”
Rest in power, Nipsey Hussle.