Los Angeles citizens enact their own investigation to deliver a suspect in Nipsey Hussle shooting

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The Los Angeles Police Department identifies a suspect in the shooting death of Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Ashgedom, thanks to the investigative and collective work of community members.

Since Sunday, growing footage surrounding the murder of Ashgedom circulated via social media and local digital devices in Los Angeles. By late afternoon, a name and photo of the alleged shooter, named Eric Holder, known as “Baby Shitty” or “Shitty Cuz” circulated.

Suspect in Nipsey Hussle shooting, Eric Holder.

Holder, 29, as reported earlier, knew Ashgedom who previously disassociated himself from Holder because it was believed that he was an informant for law enforcement. On the Sunday of the shooting, Holder and Ashgedom at some point got into an argument around Marathon Clothing store. Following the argument, Holder left then came back and fired multiple shots at Ashgedom and two others. While Ashgedom died, the other victims survived.

Holder fled the scene and jumped in a white Chevrolet Cruze sedan driven by a woman. The California license plate of the vehicle is 7RJD742.

Holder comes from the same area as Ashgedom, which nullifies previous statements by authorities and other outlets who said that the shooting was gang-related. As well, reports say that they were at odds because Holder was found to be a “snitch,” a slang word for informant who usually is paid or given a lesser jail time in exchange for information.

Holder is known to have prior arrests and served jail time. He also has a history of gang involvement. Also, it is alleged that he suffers from mental health issues, and at one point, might have received treatment at a facility.

Leaving a legacy of organizing and activism

Although Mr. Ashgedom started out as a hip hop artist, he quickly moved into the realm of creating economic opportunities from the community he grew up in the Crenshaw District area. Before his passing, Mr. Ashgedom called a meeting with LAPD police chief, Michel Moore, to offer solutions in addressing the spike in gang violence. The meeting was scheduled to take place this past Monday. Roc Nation, the label in which Mr. Ashgedom signed to in 2017 requested that the meeting takes place.

As of press time, Holder has not been apprehended.

Mr. Ashgedom leaves behind two children, Emani and Kross, and wife, Lauren London.

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