Police Identify Suspect in Killing of Grammy-Nominated Rapper Nipsey Hussle

Ra'eesah Manack
Apr 02, 2019
10:25 A.M.
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The Los Angeles Police department took to Twitter, in a post shown below, to reveal the identity of a suspect in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle.


Police used surveillance video and social media posts from witnesses to identify a suspect in the shocking death of Nipsey Hussle. The Grammy-nominated rapper was gunned down in front of his Los Angeles clothing store on Sunday afternoon.

Police have now named 29-year-old Eric Holder as a suspect in the shooting on late Monday night. They turned to Twitter to ask for the public's assistance in locating him.


The Los Angeles Police Department has not revealed whether or not Holder had any known ties to Hussle. However, law enforcement sources previously revealed the shooting appeared to have been targeted and personal based on the manner it was executed.

Witnesses and people in the area had taken to social media to post names and pictures which helped LAPD investigators narrow the list of possible suspects. 


Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple times in the head and torso while standing outside of his shop near LA's Crenshaw District around 3:20 p.m. local time on Sunday. The rapper died in hospital and two others were also injured in the shooting. Police had previously described the suspect as a black male in his 20s.

One law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation revealed that the shooting appeared to stem from a personal dispute between Hussle and the shooter. Police have not concluded if the shooting was gang-related but believe it may be a possibility.

The rapper was scheduled to meet with LAPD Commissioner Steve Soboroff and Police Chief Michael Moore before his death. He wanted to "talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids."