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Rapper Nipsey Hussle killed in shooting outside his L.A. store


March 31, 2019 - 471 views

March 31, 2019, 7:43 PM EDT / Updated March 31, 2019, 9:15 PM EDT
By Alex Johnson and Andrew Blankstein


LOS ANGELES — The Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed in a shooting outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, multiple law enforcement sources said. Two other men were in serious condition, and a suspect remained at large.

No further information was immediately available about the shooting at Marathon Clothing on Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles. But just a couple of hours before, Hussle, 33, whose real name was Ermias Ashgedom, had tweeted, "Having strong enemies is a blessing."

A large crowd of people, many of them crying, gathered at the intersection as police and media helicopters whirred overhead.

One of them was Matthew Talley of Denver, the engineer and director known as Megatron.

"It ain't just Los Angeles. He was an inspiration that was bigger than Los Angeles," Talley said. "You see all these people out here? ...

"He was really cool," Talley said. "He was a dope individual every time I met him."

Hussle's debut studio album, "Victory Lap" was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year's Grammy Awards.

In more recent years, however, Hussle had developed an interest in technology and community development, and he was part of a team of artists and entrepreneurs who developed Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum devoted to honoring African-American artistic achievement.

He and the actor Lauren London were the parents of a 2½-year-old child; Hussle had other children from previous relationships, as well.

Issa Rae, the creator and star of the HBO series "Insecure," said Hussle had inspired her "to invest and own in our communities."

"He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community," she said Sunday. "This hurts."

Article excerpt courtesy of NBC News