On Sunday, rapper, entrepreneur, and community organizer Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in the parking lot of the clothing store he owned in South Central Los Angeles. At the time of the shooting, the gunmen, who shot and injured two others in the incident, was simply identified as a “Black male.”
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a press release identifying the suspected killer as a 29-year-old man named Eric Holder. According to their report, Holder approached Hussle and the two other victims and fired upon them before fleeing down an alley where a vehicle operated by an unidentified woman was waiting to drive him away. As of Monday, Holder was still on the loose. Now, according to CBSLA, the suspected gunmen is in police custody.
Holder was apprehended in the neighboring city of Bellflower, California. LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that he believed Holder and Hussle may have been engaged in some sort of personal dispute.
“Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in a conversation with Nipsey and the others that were there,” Moore said. “He left and subsequently came back armed with a handgun, and purposefully and repeatedly fired, striking and killing Nipsey Hussle.”
Hussle was scheduled to meet with LAPD leaders on Monday to discuss initiatives aimed at mitigating gang violence in Los Angeles.