Deadly shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle in South L.A. likely gang-related, source says

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed Sunday afternoon, shot in broad daylight outside his store in South Los Angeles in a burst of gunfire that left two other people wounded, police said.

Hussle, who was known as much for his work in the community as for his music, was hit multiple times about 3:20 p.m. in front of his store, the Marathon Clothing, at 3420 W. Slauson Ave., police said. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 33.

Details remain scant, but a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said Hussle was shot by a young man who opened fire at close range and then ran to a waiting getaway car. Based on initial information, the shooter is probably associated with a gang, the source said.

At a news briefing, Los Angeles Police Lt. Chris Ramirez described the suspect only as a black male and said he is still at large. About 8:30 p.m., detectives were still interviewing witnesses and trying to recover any security video that may exist.

“We shouldn’t be here right now,” Martinez said. “It’s a sad day in L.A.”

Ominously, Hustle tweeted shortly before he died, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose district includes South L.A., released a statement calling for calm.

“Violent retaliation for this event will not be tolerated,” he said. “Our communities have lost too many young men and bright futures to the scourge of gun violence. For healing to occur, even from this terrible incident, justice must be sought through legal means, and community peace must be found.”

Times staff writers Sonaiya Kelley and Alene Tchekmedyian contributed to this report.