An unknown person or persons tried to kill someone at a recent vigil for slain rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle, a police warrant reportedly reveals.
Last Monday, a day after Hussle was gunned down in front of his south Los Angeles storefront, fans and loved ones gathered at the site of the shooting to pay their respects, only for the event to end in a chaotic stampede. Authorities have since suggested that an attempted murder took place that night, and are now looking for the person or people responsible, TMZ reports.
Police say that two people were shot during the vigil, with one suffering a wound to the elbow while the second person, a woman who reported hearing a “loud, rapid succession of gunshots from an unknown direction,” was struck in the lower back and buttock area, according to a search warrant obtained by TMZ. Police believe that the unidentified gunman or gunmen were attempting to murder someone in the crowd, and have asked a judge to order business owners to hand over surveillance footage from the surrounding stores, including Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store, the outlet reports.
Authorities suspect that the cameras “captured the events leading up to, and after the attempted murder of unknown Victim,” an affidavit obtained by TMZ states, but workers reportedly have thus far opted not to cooperate with authorities and have not handed over the footage.
Hussle was killed on March 31 after a man later identified as 29-year-old Eric Holder opened fire at Hussle and a group of men outside of Hussle’s store. In addition to the legacy he left behind, the 33-year-old rapper is survived by his longtime girlfriend Lauren London and two children.
Nineteen people were hospitalized after the vigil stampede, two of whom were critically injured, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Authorities previously suggested that there was no evidence of gunshot wounds and instead claimed that those who were hurt during the event had sustained “trample injuries.”
Holder has been charged with Hussle’s murder and has entered a not guilty plea. He currently being held on $5 million bail and is scheduled to return to court on May 10.
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