WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Police Department has taken into custody the alleged gang member wanted in the shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, after an intense two-day manhunt.
Eric Holder, 29, was taken into custody on Tuesday about 1:30 p.m. local time in Bellflower, Calif., a city in Southeast Los Angeles County located about 20 miles from the Grammy-nominated rap artist’s clothing store in L.A. where he was gunned down on Sunday.
Earlier in the day the LAPD had been urging Holder to turn himself in before a member of the Crips took him out. Rumors of a hit approved by the gang have been circulating on social media.
On Monday night the LAPD released a photo of Holder. Police had said he is a known member of the Rollin’ 60s — a subset of the infamous Crips to which the victim also belonged before turning his life around and becoming a recording artist, entrepreneur and activist. Police sources say the two men knew each other.
At least 19 people were injured Monday evening after a stampede occurred at a candlelit vigil for the slain rapper in front of his store, Marathon Clothing. The shooting was captured on a surveillance video and shows a gunman shooting Hussle and two other men before fleeing.
The other two men who were shot are in stable condition. LAPD is still seeking the unidentified woman who drove a getaway car.
Police sources told the LAPD that the slaying was gang-related but was personal and was not ordered by gang leaders.
Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was proud of his native South Central Los Angeles roots and he was invested in the community. He had been scheduled to meet with LAPD officials soon to discuss ways to combat gang violence.
Hussle was nominated for a Grammy for his 2018 debut studio album, “Victory Lap.” Among his survivors are two children: a 2-year-old son, Kross, with actress Lauren London, his girlfriend of five years, and a daughter, Emani, from a previous relationship.