Surveillance video has captured the terrifying moment a gunman fatally opened fire on rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles and sent multiple people fleeing for safety.
The 33-year-old rapper was one of three men shot in broad daylight on Sunday outside Marathon Clothing, the store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood.
Surveillance cameras from a nearby business captured a man in a dark shirt approaching Hussle and a group of men as they stood by a white car parked at the front of his store on Sunday afternoon.
Seconds later, Hussle could be seen dropping to the ground while multiple men fled the scene as the gunfire rang out. The gunman could be seen firing from a distance before approaching and shooting multiple times at close range.
Surveillance video captured a man in a red shirt (circled) approaching Nipsey Hussle and a group of men (right) outside his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday just moments before the rapper was shot dead
The gunman appeared to kick Hussle before fleeing the same way he came. Eyewitness reported seeing a man fleeing in a vehicle after the shooting.
Sources told TMZ that the gunman had a ‘tense’ conversation with Hussle in the lead up to the shooting. The gunman supposedly left to retrieve a gun after feeling ‘disrespected’.
Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital.
He suffered gunshot wounds to his head and torso, according to the L.A. County Medical Coroner.
The two other men who were injured in the shooting remain in stable conditions.
Investigators have not yet determined a motive or identified any suspects but they are reviewing the surveillance footage. They only said they were searching for a black male gunman.
Hussle grew up in south Los Angeles and often talked about being in the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips gang in his teenage years.
Hussle could be seen dropping to the ground (above) and multiple men fled the scene as the gunfire rang out. The rapper suffered fatal gunshot wounds to his head and chest, according to a coroner
Multiple people could be seen running as gunshots rang out and Hussle dropped to the ground outside his clothing store
It is not clear if the gunman was among those caught on video running from the scene but eyewitness reported seeing a man fleeing in a vehicle after the shooting
Moments before the fatal shooting, Hussle had tweeted: ‘Having strong enemies is a blessing.’
A source close to the investigation told The Los Angeles Times they believe Hussle’s killer belonged to a gang.
He was due to sit down with the LAPD in the coming weeks to discuss gang violence and how to prevent it.
Some believe he was killed because he had been buying up property in south Los Angeles an effort to legitimize himself and the area.
Last year, he opened a co-working space and STEM center aimed at bridging the gap between urban communities and Silicon Valley.
Others believe his death is linked to a documentary he was working on about a herbalist who claimed to have cured AIDS.
Just one day before he was killed, Hussle was pictured smiling and posing for photos at a March Madness game between Texas Tech and Gonzaga in Anaheim.
Nipsey Hussle was pictured on Saturday at a March Madness basketball game in Anaheim, California. The next day, he was shot dead outside his clothing store
Hussle was seen socializing at the event with other spectators and smiling for cameras
The rapper, who was also on a mission to eradicate gang violence from the neighborhood where he grew up, was shot multiple times on Sunday. Police are yet to find his killer
Prior to being shot, Hussle also posed for a photo with a fan’s child just outside his store.
Since his teen gang years, Hussle had become an entrepreneur and a community organizer in the area.
He was involved in the Destination Crenshaw arts project and opened a co-working space called Vector 90 in Crenshaw so young people could take classes in science, technology and math.
In recent years, he had been buying up real estate in the neighborhood to try become a legitimate real estate mogul.
He and his business partner had plans to turn the plot where his clothing store was into a residential building and last year, he opened a co-working space and STEM center.
He was eager to increase awareness and interest in the technology and science industries in south L.A., with some residents crediting him for ‘teaching us how to invest’.
‘In our culture, there’s a narrative that says, ‘Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers.’ And that’s cool but there should be something that says, ‘Follow Elon Musk, follow [Mark] Zuckerberg.’
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday. He is pictured above posing with a fan’s child just moments before the fatal shooting
LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff said he was due to meet with Nipsey Hussle and chief of police Michel Moore today to discuss gang violence
Blood stained bandages were spotted on the ground outside the rapper’s Marathon Store on Sunday afternoon following the fatal shooting
The 33-year-old Grammy nominee, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was among three people shot outside the Marathon Store on Sunday afternoon
‘I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the people that’s waving that flag,’ he told The Los Angeles Times last year.
Nipsey is survived by his two-year-old son Kross with Poinsettias for Christmas star Lauren London and his daughter Emani from a prior relationship.
Michel Moore, LAPD chief of police who was due to meet Nipsey today, said there had been 10 murders over the last week.
He wrote on Twitter last night: ‘Tonight’s homicide in South LA represents the latest loss in a troubling surge in violence.
‘Since last Sunday 26 victims have been shot & 10 homicides—that’s 36 families left picking up the pieces. We will work aggressively with our community to quell this senseless loss of life.’
The rapper and his girlfriend of five years, Lauren London, had just quizzed each other about favorite colors and celebrity crushes in a GQ interview on Thursday.
‘You. I don’t have a celebrity crush. I’m with my celebrity crush,’ the 34-year-old actress gushed.
Tragic: Hussle is survived by his two-year-old son Kross (L) with Poinsettias for Christmas actress Lauren London as well as a daughter Emani (R) from a prior relationship
Lauren London, Diddy and Nipsey Hussle attend 2019 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on February 9, 2019 in LA
Long part of the underground rap circuit, Hussle struggled to find fame but began selling his own mixtapes, which hip-hop royalty Jay-Z once bought 100 of for $100 each.
He was Grammy-nominated for Best Rap Album for ‘Victory Lap,’ his first formal album that finally dropped in February 2018 after six years of teasing, but lost out to rap’s woman of the moment Cardi B.
The heavily-tattooed hip-hop star was next scheduled to perform at the Kings of the West concert on September 14 at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Tributes have been flowing in following news of his death from big names in the music industry, including Rihanna, Drake, and Snoop Dogg.
Mayor Eric Garcetti also tweeted Sunday: ‘Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle.’
‘This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this!,’ Rihanna wrote while posting photos of Hussle with his daughter and another with his fiance. ‘Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle.’
Snoop Dogg posted a video of himself and Hussle together on Instagram, and posted a second clip sending prayers to the rapper’s family.
‘Prayers out to the whole family man. This (stuff has) got to stop man,’ he said in the second video.
‘It’s f***ed up, man’: Nipsey’s tour mate Snoop Dogg (R) shared several social media tributes, and admitted he was ‘so sad right now’
‘I’m so sorry this happened to you’: Upon hearing the sad news, nine-time Grammy winner Rihanna tweeted a tribute to Hussle
‘Rest amongst the stars’: 12-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams tweeted about how Nipsey was about being ‘positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak’
‘U have always been a good dude…I’m so sorry’: Grieving Grammy nominee Kevin Hart shared a snap of himself standing beside the late 6ft3in rapper
Los Angeles Lakers power forward LeBron James was also aghast tweeting: ‘@NipseyHussle! So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt’
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry publicly prayed: ‘God please cover and restore @NipseyHussle right now!’