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Man suspected of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle caught in Los Angeles

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Posted at 2:07 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 17:28:36-04

(KGTV) - The man suspected of killing rapper and anti-gang activist Nipsey Hussle was arrested in the Los Angeles area Tuesday, Los Angeles Police confirmed on twitter.

Los Angeles Police identified Monday 29-year-old Eric Holder as the man wanted for gunning down Hussle in front of his South Los Angeles clothing store Sunday afternoon.

There is no word on what led to Holder’s arrest.

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Holder and Hussle were in an argument outside The Marathon Clothing when Holder left and returned with a gun, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said.

Holder opened fire, hitting Hussle and two other men who survived, police said. Hussle died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Holder was seen leaving the area in a Chevy Cruze driven by a woman who is also wanted by police, Moore said.

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Moore said the shooting appeared to be the result of a personal dispute, not gang rivalry.

``We believe this to be a dispute between Mr. Hussle and Mr. Holder,'' Moore said. ``I'm not going to go into the conversations, but it appears to be a personal matter between the two of them.''

Nipsey Hussle was a former South Los Angeles gang member who became a musician and made efforts to improve his community, including buying shoes for children and helping the homeless. He had been scheduled Monday to meet with Moore and Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff to discuss gang violence prevention.

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At a candlelight vigil in Hussle’s honor outside his store Monday night, 19 people were injured in a stampede. One of the victims was struck by a car and the other may have been stabbed, according to police.

A memorial for Hussle was moved from the store to a different location Tuesday morning.

City News Service contributed to this report.