The suspect in the fatal shooting of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was captured Tuesday afternoon just hours after the Los Angeles police chief stared into a bank of TV news cameras and asked the alleged killer to give up.
The suspect, Eric Holder, 29, was arrested in the L.A. suburb of Bellflower after police spotted him there and detained him without incident, officials said.
Police used surveillance video and social media posts by witnesses to help identify the 29-year-old Holder as the alleged gunman who shot Hussle and two other men on Sunday afternoon in front of the rapper’s clothing store in south Los Angeles.
Prior to his arrest, Moore described Holder as “a man who is a substantial risk to public safety and willing to use violence.”
Moore said that while Holder is believed to be in a gang and that Hussle was also involved in gangs as a youngster growing up in Los Angeles, the slaying stemmed more from a personal dispute between the two men.
“It appears to be a personal matter between the two of them,” said Moore, who declined to detail the specifics of the discord between the two men.
He said security cameras from nearby businesses captured the shooting as it unfolded around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday.
Eric Holder, the suspected killer of Nipsey Hussle, has been arrested and is in police custody. Thank you to both our community for the heightened awareness/vigilance, and our partners at @LASDHQ. pic.twitter.com/0zujy89Yfm
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 2, 2019
The chief said witnesses told investigators that Holder and Hussle, 33, who was born Ermias Asghedom and raised in the neighborhood he was killed in, got into an argument in front of his clothing store, The Marathon. He said Holder left the store, but later returned with a handgun and opened fire on Hussle and two other men, who have not been identified.
Hussle was hit multiple times, including shots to the head and torso, according to the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office.
Moore said Holder ran from the scene and got into a 2016 white Chevrolet Cruze driven by an unidentified woman and sped away. He said police found the vehicle abandoned nearby.
“We want the public to help us identify and apprehend Mr. Holder,” Moore said. “Armed with a handgun, this senseless murder, this expression of violence represents that this is a man who is a substantial risk to public safety and willing to use violence and we want to see that stopped.”
“I ask him to surrender, to find a local law enforcement agency, to go to a station and surrender and to defend himself as he feels appropriate, but to stop this from continuing,” Moore said.
The rapper was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died. A second gunshot victim was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition, and a third man was wounded but refused medical attention, police said.
Witnesses and people in the area have been posting names and pictures on social media, which helped LAPD investigators narrow the list of possible suspects down to one, sources with knowledge of the investigation told ABC News on Monday.
A couple of hours before he died, Hussle tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
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