Pictured: Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect Sought by Police

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
April 2, 2019US News
Pictured: Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect Sought by Police
Eric Holder. (LAPD)

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said late April 1 that it’s seeking a man named Eric Holder in connection to the fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Around 3 p.m. on March 31, three men were standing in front of a business, The Marathon Clothing Company, owned by Hussle, in a strip mall off West Slauson Boulevard. Holder, according to the police, walked up to the men and started firing.

All three were struck by bullets.

Holder fled south through an alley to a waiting vehicle, identified as a white 2016 Chevy Cruze with four doors and a California license plate of 7RJD742.

The driver of the vehicle was a female who police have not yet identified.

Two of the victims were rushed to local hospitals while the third refused medical treatment. One of the victims, Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom, died as a result of the wounds he suffered.

Detectives said on April 1 that Holder, 29, was identified as the shooter. It wasn’t clear if he had a criminal history.

Anyone with information was urged to call detectives at 323-786-5100 or, if outside business hours, 1-877–527-3247.

If tipsters wanted to stay anonymous they could call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org or lapdonline.org and go to “Anonymous Web Tips” under “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers.”

Nipsey Hussle performs onstage
Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 7, 2019. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Warner Music)
Rapper Nipsey Hussle
Rapper Nipsey Hussle watches an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif., on March 29, 2018. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)
taped Marathon Clothing store
A Los Angeles Police officer walks past the taped Marathon Clothing store of Rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles, on March 31, 2019. (Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo)
Fans of rapper Nipsey Hussle
Fans of rapper Nipsey Hussle appear at a makeshift memorial in the parking lot of Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, on April 1, 2019. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)
People gather near the Marathon Clothing store
People gather near the Marathon Clothing store of rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles, on March 31, 2019. (Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo)

Got Into Argument

Law enforcement didn’t officially say what officials believe led to the shooting.

But law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that Holder got into a dispute with Hussle before the shooting.

Detectives believe Holder has gang ties but think the motive was personal as opposed to being part of a larger gang feud.

Just before the shooting, Hussle wrote on Twitter, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

The shooting took place a day before the rapper was scheduled to meet with LAPD Chief Michel Moore and Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids,” Soboroff said.

Hussle was a member of the Rollin’ 60s, a Crips gang clique, as a teenager.

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