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More Than A Dozen Injured, Including One Stabbed, During Chaotic Nipsey Hussle Vigil In Los Angeles
The memorial was held in front of the slain rapper's The Marathon Clothing store.
A stabbing and stampede left more than a dozen people injured during a vigil to honor murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles on Monday.
The gathering, which was held in front of Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing store at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles, turned tumultuous around 8 p.m. local time, according to CBS Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said that out of 19 people transported to the hospital, two were critically injured.
“The majority of injuries were related to 'trample injuries' sustained when the crowd rushed out,” the LAFD said in a statement, adding that there was no evidence of any gunshot wounds.
Additionally, Tony Im, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department, told USA Today that one person was stabbed, while another six people sustained injuries due to unknown causes.
"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 evening. "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."
Hussle, a Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist and community activist with previous ties to the Rollin 60s Crips set, was shot and killed on Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old, born Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down in front of The Marathon Clothing store. Two other people were shot, as well.
Numerous members of the hip-hop community mourned Hussle’s death on social media in the aftermath of his killing.
"What a damn tragedy. We have lost another brilliant black man to senseless gun violence," rapper Talib Kweli posted on his Instagram.