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LAPD: Nipsey Hussle shooting was result of personal dispute, not gang violence

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore says Sunday’s fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle was the outcome of a personal dispute with suspect Eric Holder, and not part of the wave of gang violence that swept through the city’s South Central region in March – even though the LAPD believes Holder to be a member of a gang.

Citing witness statements and surveillance video, Moore said, “Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions, engaged in (conversation) with Nipsey, left and came back,” Moore said. “He subsequently came back… armed with a handgun, striking and killing Nipsey Hussle.” 

He urged Holder to turn himself in; if not, he pledged that the LAPD would pursue him and the woman who allegedly drove him away from the scene.

The press conference came hours after a vigil created to honor the life and legacy of the slain rapper and community activist turned violent Monday night, resulting in one person being stabbed and 19 injured at the site of the murder, one of whom was struck by a car. 

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A vigil to honor the slain rapper turned violent on Monday leaving one person stabbed and many injured.
Harrison Hill, USA TODAY

A USA TODAY reporter witnessed one male stabbing victim lying on the ground, along with a woman who appeared to have been stabbed.

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  • Mourners pay their respects to Nipsey Hussle near his clothing store on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles. Hussle, a 33-year-old rapper, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed outside the store on March 31, 2019.1 of 27
  • Mourners pay their respects to Nipsey Hussle near his clothing store on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.2 of 27
  • Mourners pay their respects to Nipsey Hussle near his clothing store on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.3 of 27
  • Mourners pay their respects to Nipsey Hussle near his clothing store on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.4 of 27
  • Mourners pay their respects to Nipsey Hussle near his clothing store on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.5 of 27
  • Mourners pay their respects to Nipsey Hussle near his clothing store on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.6 of 27
  • An injured woman is carried to an ambulance after multiple people were stabbed on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles outside of Nipsey Hussle's clothing store.7 of 27
  • Blood stains the concrete where a man was stabbed outside of Nipsey Hussle's clothing store, The Marathon Store, on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.8 of 27
  • A crowd disperses after multiple people were stabbed outside of Nipsey Hussle's clothing store, The Marathon Store, on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.9 of 27
  • An injured man is tended to after being stabbed on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles outside of Nipsey Hussle's clothing store.10 of 27
  • LAPD shut down the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw after multiple people were stabbed during a vigil for Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.11 of 27
  • People walk past a pile of broken candles that were stepped on at the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw after multiple people were stabbed during a vigil for Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.12 of 27
  • LAPD shut down the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw after multiple people were stabbed during a vigil for Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.13 of 27
  • An array of candles, balloons and signs lay in front of The Marathon Store after the area was shut down by the LAPD. The corner of Slauson and Crenshaw was shut down after multiple people were stabbed during a vigil for Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.14 of 27
  • The LAPD shut down the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw after multiple people were stabbed during a vigil for Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.15 of 27
  • Fans pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside The Marathon clothing store owned by Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle where he was fatally shot along with 2 other wounded in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2019. - The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FA7X716 of 27
  • Messages left by fans at a makeshift memorial outside The Marathon clothing store owned by Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle where he was fatally shot along with 2 other wounded in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2019. - The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FA8EN17 of 27
  • LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: People gather to mourn for rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Grammy-nominated artist was gunned down in broad daylight two days ago in front of The Marathon Clothing store he founded in 2017 on the day he was scheduled to meet with Los Angeles Police Department brass to discuss ways of stopping gang violence.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775323273 ORIG FILE ID: 113435402818 of 27
  • A photo and candles are displayed at a makeshift memorial outside The Marathon clothing store owned by Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle where he was fatally shot along with 2 other wounded in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2019. - The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FA8DH19 of 27
  • A message left by fans is seen at a makeshift memorial outside The Marathon clothing store owned by Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle where he was fatally shot along with 2 other wounded in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2019. - The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FA8DT20 of 27
  • Fans pay their respects beside an armored vehicle that belonged to, Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, at a makeshift memorial outside The Marathon clothing store where he was fatally shot in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2019. - The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FA8I621 of 27
  • Fans leave messages on his armored vehicle parked outside The Marathon clothing store owned by Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle where he was fatally shot along with 2 other wounded in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2019 - The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FA80Q22 of 27
  • Messages left by fans at a makeshift memorial outside The Marathon clothing store owned by Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle where he was fatally shot along with 2 other wounded in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 2019. - The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FA8E823 of 27
  • Sydney Flenour cries as she mourns rapper Nipsey Hussle at a makeshift memorial in the parking lot of Hussle's Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. Hussle was killed in a shooting outside his store on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) ORG XMIT: CARC10724 of 27
  • Candles appear at a makeshift memorial for rapper Nipsey Hussle in the parking lot of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. Hussle was killed in a shooting outside the store on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) ORG XMIT: CARC10325 of 27
  • Haitian-French actor Jimmy Jean-Louis and his daughter Jasmin, 16, gather around candles set up across from the clothing store of rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Hussle, the skilled and respected West Coast rapper who had a decade-long success with mixtapes but hit new heights with his Grammy-nominated major-label debut album in 2018, has died. He was 33. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) ORG XMIT: CADD71226 of 27
  • A sign for rapper Nipsey Hussle is left by candles set up across from a clothing store owned by Hussle in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Hussle, the skilled and respected West Coast rapper who had a decade-long success with mixtapes but hit new heights with his Grammy-nominated major-label debut album in 2018, has died. He was 33. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) ORG XMIT: CADD71427 of 27

First responders transported 19 injured people with at least two critically injured, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart told USA TODAY.

More: Nipsey Hussle autopsy revealed; rapper’s anti-gang confab with police to go forward

The LAFD said a reported shooting call came in at 8:14 PST, although police later said there was no evidence of shots fired.

Stewart says there was no evidence of gunshot wounds, and the majority of the injuries were minor and related to the crowd trampling people

Earlier, ABC7 reporter Veronica Miracle tweeted that “A HUGE stampede of people rushed out of the memorial area. People thought they heard something break or a loud noise and started running.”

Police quickly began trying to “restore order” and asked that those gathered to leave the area. 

But as of 9:30 PST, tension on the ground remained high between those who remained and police who were forcing people out of the area. Some gathered threw bottles at the police in anger and frustration.

More: Why losing Nipsey Hussle hurts so badly

“Our men and women are on scene and making every effort to protect everyone in attendance at the Nipsey Hussle vigil,” the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted Monday night.  “Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order.”

A following tweet added: “We understand the community is mourning and we feel your loss. We are asking for everyone to follow the officers directions and disperse from the immediate area.”

LAPD public information office Josh Rubenstein estimated 300 to 400 people had gathered in front of Hussle’s store to mourn the rapper earlier in the evening. 

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Hussle, the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple times outside his clothing store around 3:20 p.m. PDT Sunday and pronounced dead at the hospital. 

The rapper’s autopsy was completed Monday and his death was certified a homicide. Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Los Angeles resident Eric Holder late Monday night. 

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  • Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at Live! Red! Ready! Pre-Show, sponsored by Nissan, at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018, in Los Angeles.1 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle arrives at the 2019 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on Feb. 09, 2019, in Los Angeles.2 of 15
  • Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.3 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London arrive at the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Celebration at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles.4 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles.5 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle, right, attends the PUMA x Nipsey Hussle 2019 Grammy Nomination Party at The Peppermint Club on Jan. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles.6 of 15
  • Jay-Z, left, and Nipsey Hussle attend the PUMA x Nipsey Hussle 2019 Grammy Nomination Party at The Peppermint Club on Jan. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles.7 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle and artist/painter Drew Visuals attend Nipsey Hussle x PUMA Hoops Basketball Court Refurbishment Reveal Event on Oct. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles.8 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle attends Nipsey Hussle x PUMA Hoops Basketball Court Refurbishment Reveal Event on Oct. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles.9 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle attends the BET Hip Hop Awards '09 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Oct. 10, 2009, in Atlanta.10 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle attends the Jhene Aiko Souled Out event sponsored by Hennessy V.S on Sept. 9, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif.11 of 15
  • YG, left, and Nipsey Hussle perform during EA SPORTS NBA Live 19 at Goya Studios on Aug. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles.12 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle speaks to kids at the Nipsey Hussle x PUMA Hoops Basketball Court Refurbishment Reveal Event on Oct. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles.13 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the STAPLES Center Concert Sponsored by SPRITE during the 2018 BET Experience on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles.14 of 15
  • Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the STAPLES Center Concert Sponsored by SPRITE during the 2018 BET Experience on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles.15 of 15

Contributing: Kristin Lam, Harrison Hill 

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