Following reports of a shooting late Sunday afternoon, Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle has reportedly been pronounced dead at age 33. NBC announced his death following news of the attack, first reported by TMZ. According to TMZ, Hussle, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, and two others were shot outside Hussle’s clothing shop, the Marathon Store, in L.A.’s Hyde Park neighborhood. A beloved figure in rap, Hussle’s album Victory Lap was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammys.
As of now, the other shooting victims are reportedly in critical condition. According to TMZ, police are still searching for the shooter who allegedly approached Hussle and his crew on foot and fired multiple rounds, then fled the scene in a nearby car. Sources tell TMZ that police are investigating the shooting as gang-related. Hussle is survived by a son with his longtime girlfriend, actress Lauren London, and a daughter from a previous relationship.
Update, April 1: More details in Nipsey Hussle’s shooting have emerged. The L.A. Times now reports that police are searching for a suspect whom they believe Hussle knew and who would’ve been “in the rap star’s orbit.” While a motive for the shooting remains unclear, detectives reportedly believe that while the shooter is gang-affiliated, the attack was not related to a larger gang issue and was instead “personal in nature.”