UPDATED, 1:55 PM: Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Eric Holder with the murder of L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle. Holder was charged Thursday with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He is being held on $7 million bail, and is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon. Holder faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
PREVIOUS, April 2: Police have arrested their prime suspect in the shooting death of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle. Officers got a tip from a citizen who reported “seeing a person they believed to be Eric Holder” in the 9900 block of Artesia Boulevard in Bellflower. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded and detained the man. South Bureau Homicide detectives then went to the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station and confirmed that he was their suspect. Holder was transported to an LAPD facility and “will be booked for murder,” police said.
PREVIOUS, April 1 1: Los Angeles police have released the name and picture of the prime suspect in the shooting death of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle.
In a tweet posted late Monday night, the LAPD identified the suspect as 29-year-old Eric Holder of Los Angeles.
“Eric Holder is wanted for Homicide in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle,” the tweet said. “He was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze CA license plate 7RJD742. Anyone with information related to his whereabouts or this deadly shooting is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100.”
News of the suspect’s identity came shortly after chaos erupted at a vigil in honor of the late rapper. According to local news reports, several people were injured at the South Los Angeles vigil.
Video posted on Twitter by ABC7 showed a massive crowd gathered at the corner of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, outside Hussle’s clothing store, where he was fatally shot.
The footage shows people running from the scene in panic after some type of disturbance occurs.
Hussle, 33, and two other men were gunned down Sunday at 3:20 p.m. in the 3400 block of Slauson Avenue in Hyde Park neighborhood of South L.A. Two of the victims were rushed to an area hospital, where Hussle was pronounced dead. One of the men declined medical assistance, police said.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office issued a preliminary autopsy report Monday saying Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, died from multiple gunshot wounds.
“Today, an autopsy was performed, and it was determined Asghedom died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso,” the coroner’s office said in a statement. The death was listed as a homicide.