Early Tuesday (April 2), the Los Angeles Police Department identified 29-year-old Eric Holder as the prime suspect in the murder of Nipsey Hussle. Hours later, the LAPD and city mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference to provide some detail on the investigation into what led to the rapper's death.
Police Chief Michel R. Moore confirmed that they believe Holder engaged in a heated conversation over a "personal matter" with Nipsey outside his Marathon Clothing store, which prompted him to leave and return with a gun around 3:20 p.m. PT. Holder then opened fire on Nip and two others, but the multiple shots to Hussle ended up being fatal.
Moore thanked witnesses and contributions from the community for their cooperation in helping solve the case. He demands that Eric Holder and his female accomplice, who remain at large as of press time, to come forward and surrender to law enforcement. "We continue to seek the public's help and assistance." Moore said. "We want the public to help us to apprehend and identify Mr. Eric Holder. To Mr. Holder, who I am confident is watching this, I ask him to surrender."
LAPD Commissioner Steve Soboroff took to the podium next to read the email his office received from Hussle on Feb. 26 regarding plans to organize a potential meeting about gang violence in Los Angeles. "Our goal is to work with the department to help improve communitication, relationships and work toward changing the culture and dialogue between LAPD and the inner-city," the "Dedication" rapper wrote to Soboroff. "We want to hear about your new program and your goals for the department, as well as how we can help stop gang violence and help you help kids."
The meeting was actually scheduled to take place on Monday and will still happen at some point in the future, when members of Nip's family and Roc Nation are ready to proceed.
Watch clips from the press conference below.