Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot dead outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles, USA, NBC News reported, citing law enforcement sources.
“We lost a great musician,” LA officials said. A police spokesman told AFP the suspected shooter is still at large. Local media reported Hussle, 33, was shot in front of his own clothing store Sunday afternoon at close range, by a man who fled in a getaway car. Alongside, two other people were wounded.
Just hours earlier, Hussle had tweeted: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Long part of the underground rap circuit, the 33-year-old rapper 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 nominated for Best Rap Album for “Victory Lap,” his first formal album that finally dropped last February after six years of teasing, but lost out to rap’s woman of the moment Cardi B.
“Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted.
“L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence,” Garcetti said.
The Los Angeles Times reported the shooting was “likely planned and gang-related.”
Different celebrities have been sending their condolences after the new broke the internet.
“Gone 2 soon” rapper Snoop Dogg posted on Instagram.
“I’m so sad right now I’ll just reflect on the good times we had.”
Superstar Rihanna posted that “this doesn’t make any sense!”
“My spirit is shaken by this! 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“