LOS ANGELES — Rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle was killed in a shooting that wounded two other people outside his store in Los Angeles Sunday, law enforcement sources told the LA Times.
The rapper was shot multiple times in the Hyde Park neighborhood of LA around 3:30 p.m., according to the newspaper. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police did not release details on the other victims.
It’s not the first time violence has erupted at the clothing store, as shots were also fired there last year, according to TMZ.
Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, is from South L.A. He is a well-known community organizer who most recently was involved in the new Destination Crenshaw arts project, according to the LA Times. Those who knew Hussle describe him as a pillar of the community, KTLA writes.
The rapper’s death comes shortly after a show in downtown San Diego. He appeared at Bassmnt downtown on March 29.
A short time before the shooting was reported, the rapper tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Tributes from prominent entertainers and athletes started pouring in after the news of Asghedom’s death:
I’ll remember him this way. Bright, genuine, forward thinking.
I’ll remember the beauty that he saw in our community. And the beauty that he was.
He loved us. He’s left that love with us. And it cannot die.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 1, 2019
Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence. My Crisis Response Team is assisting the families coping with shock and grief.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) April 1, 2019
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he's gone so soon.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! 💔🙏🏿
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
😥😥😥😥😥😥‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2019
Broke me…. we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I’m tired 🙏🏾 prayers for my brother and his family
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 1, 2019
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/7gZ795wcQT
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 1, 2019