Nipsey Hussle Killed in South Los Angeles Shooting

On Sunday, March 31, Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot multiple times outside of a clothing store he owned in South Los Angeles. According to CNN, two other victims were injured in the attack.

Nipsey Hussle | Prince Williams/Wireimage
Nipsey Hussle | Prince Williams/Wireimage

The suspect has not yet been caught but law enforcement sources believe the shooting was personal.

“Having strong enemies is a blessing.” is the last thing Hussle tweeted prior to the attack.

According to the Los Angeles Times, detectives believe that though the gunman likely has gang affiliations, his motive was probably personal in nature.

Nipsey Hussle’s relationship with the LAPD

The shooting took place just a day before Hussle was supposed to meet with LAPD Chief Michael Moore and Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff to discuss ways he could assist the community in combating gang violence.

A weekly gang task force met at the Watts Civic Center on Monday (the day the meeting was supposed to take place), where Moore spoke to residents about coming forward with information regarding violent crimes.

“We will conduct lawful investigations and bring them to justice,” he said.

A resident spoke up to say that social media was inspiring violence.

“We see social media as absolutely driving violence. I’ll just say it,” said Moore.

He went on to say that social media allows for “an attitude of disrespect and it gets settled on the street.” He urged the 70 residents in attendance of the meeting to do what they could to keep social media respectful.

After the meeting, Moore spoke of Hussle’s death–how he “tragically lost his life” in a place where he was working to improve the community.

How Nipsey Hussle used his gang experience to help his community

When Hussle was a teenager, he was a member of the Rollin’ 60s, a Crips gang offshoot, according to the LA Times.  

“We dealt with death, with murder,” he told The Times in 2018. “It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while.”

Later in life, Hussle dedicated much of his time to bettering his community and helping to combat local gang violence.

“Throughout the years as he fostered success in his music career … he chose, rather than to leave … to come back and reinvest. And to reinvest and try to address the various underpinnings that fostered this environment,” said Moore.

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