One person was killed and three others were left injured after a shooting near the procession in Nipsey Hussle’s memory on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Crowds flooded the streets to view the procession of Hussle’s casket through the Los Angeles streets directly after the memorial service at the Staples Center.
Hussle’s body was carried in a silver hearse that was flanked by motorcyles — both those of police and bikers and ATVs. Footage aired by Fox affiliate KTTV showed some of the bikes doing wheelies as the procession travelled down Vermont Avenue, one of the city’s major thoroughfares.
A crowd of people briefly blocked the procession before the hearse was able to find an opening and pull through.
Police say there were no injuries on the procession itself but CNN reports that the shooting took place “near the procession route.”
Four people were shot, three men and a woman aged between 30-50.
The shooting took place at the intersection of 103 Street and Main Street, according to LAPD Chief of Police Michel Moore.
In the midst of this procession we have a multi-4 Shooting at 103 St and Main St. Victims are 3 Male Blacks and 1 Female Black – ages from 30-50 years old. Tragically one is deceased. Suspects in gray Hyundai fired on the victims. We must stop this senseless violence,” Moore tweeted.
An hour before the shooting, Moore tweeted that he was “proud” of Los Angeles and, “My thanks also to our community partners who act as peacekeepers.”
This is the second event honouring Hussle that has turned violent.
The LAPD declared an unlawful assembly after the memorial gathering began at Crenshaw and Slauson Streets in Los Angeles on April. 1.
The LAPD tweeted that its “men and women are on scene and making every effort to protect everyone in attendance at the Nipsey Hussle vigil.”
The police went on to say that reports of shots being fired at the memorial “do not appear to be accurate.”
They confirmed, however, that people were “injured in the chaos” and that they were trying to restore order.
Two women claimed they were shot and injured as the crowd scattered during the vigil for Hussle, hours after the rapper was killed.
The women told investigators they fell to the ground as the crowd stampeded around them and discovered they had been shot, one in the back, one in the elbow.
The L.A. Fire Department (LAFD) had 19 patients in total, two of whom were in critical condition, two in serious condition and 15 who had non-life-threatening injuries.
The memorial service to the Hussle in the House rapper included tributes from his fiancée Lauren London, Barack Obama, his parents and siblings, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder and many more.
“My pain is for my two-year-old who probably won’t remember how much his Dad loved him,” London said with tears in her eyes.
They were joined by Emani, Hussle’s seven-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, along with Cameron Carter, London’s nine-year-old son.
Cameron gave a speech about a dream he had on April 2.
“On the night of April 2, I had a dream I was in paradise and I was playing in the ocean water [when behind me] I saw Ermias … He said, ‘Whaddup killa? Cuz that’s my nickname to him,” Cameron told the crowd. “I told my mom about the dream and after I told her I was thinking about it and I realized that Ermias told me what heaven was like. He told me it was paradise.”