Injuries reported as crowd stampedes during Nipsey Hussle memorial

Posted at 9:27 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 02:16:42-04

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Multiple people were injured tonight when a stampede erupted at a gathering to honor slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in Hyde Park.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the stampede, which occurred about 8:10 p.m. in front of The Marathon Clothing store near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, where Hussle was gunned down Sunday afternoon.

One person was critically injured and taken to a hospital, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was unclear how that person was injured, she said.

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Stewart said other people were being treated at the scene, but there were no immediate reports of additional critical injuries.

As many as six people at the scene sustained minor injuries, LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein told KCAL9.

Officers cleared the parking lot where the memorial was taking place, but some from the crowd remained gathered nearby nearly an hour after the stampede occurred.

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Police were on a modified tactical alert following the stampede, Rubenstein said.

Hussle, 33, was gunned down in broad daylight around 3:20 p.m. Sunday in the 3400 block of West Slauson Avenue, in front of the store he founded in 2017 near Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles. Two other men were wounded in the shooting.