Nipsey Hussle Homicide Suspect in Custody with Los Angeles Police

Police arrested 29-year-old Eric Holder in connection with homicide of rapper

Last Updated: April 2, 2019 @ 5:57 PM

The man identified by police as a suspect in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle, 29-year-old Eric Holder, was taken into custody Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police told TheWrap that a man matching the description of Holder had been arrested Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the LAPD, around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, a member of the public called the police to report seeing a person believed to be Holder in the 9900 block of Artesia Blvd in Bellflower, California. Sheriff’s deputies responded and detained the man. South Bureau Homicide detectives responded to Lakewood Sheriff’s station and confirmed that the person was Holder. Holder was then transported to a Los Angeles Police Department facility and will be booked on a murder charge, authorities said.

Los Angeles police on Monday night identified Holder as a suspect, who “was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze CA license plate 7RJD742.”

Earlier on Tuesday, LAPD Chief Michel Moore tweeted that “Eric Holder represents a substantial risk to public safety & we are asking for continued assistance in locating him.”

Hussle, the stage name of Grammy-nominated hip-hop star born Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed Sunday outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles. He was 33.

Two other victims who were with Hussle were also shot and transported to local hospitals for their injuries, authorities said.

On Monday, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed that the rapper had died from gunshots to his head and torso.

Nineteen people were injured during a vigil for Hussle near the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson in Los Angeles on Monday, a spokesman for the LAPD told TheWrap.

Among the injuries, 14 were minor and five were serious, police said. Fire officials said most of those hospitalized appeared to have suffered “trample injuries” as people fell or were knocked to the ground during the panic as people fled the scene.