A peaceful vigil for Nipsey Hussle turned to chaos.
A day after the Crenshaw rapper was gunned down outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, hundreds of people gathered Monday night to mourn his loss and pay their respects. At some point during the memorial, an incident occurred and multiple people were trampled.
At least one person with a stab wound was transported to a local hospital and others were hurt after the stampede. Los Angeles Police Dept. spokesman Josh Rubenstein told the Los Angeles Times that no shots were fired despite reports.
BREAKING: At least two people have been shot, multiple injured after a HUGE Stampede at late rapper Nipsey Hussle’s vigil in Los Angeles per CBSLA pic.twitter.com/JupdyTiaZK
— SPLASH HOT NEW HIP HOP (@SPLASHhnhh) April 2, 2019
“We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order,” tweeted the LAPD.
Everyone in the area was asked to leave immediately. Fans brought candles, flowers, balloons, and other items to pay their respects to the slain rapper. After the stampede, candles were crushed as people fled the scene.
Our men and women are on scene and making every effort to protect everyone in attendance at the Nipsey Hussle vigil.
Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 2, 2019
A look at what’s left behind at the site of a vigil for #NipseyHussle. Police say at least six people were stabbed. @LAPDHQ making progress in getting crowd to disperse at #Crenshaw and Slauson @CBSLA #CBSLA @KCBSKCALDesk pic.twitter.com/6voFBJlYOy
— Rachel Kim (@CBSLARachel) April 2, 2019
“We understand the community is mourning and we feel your loss,” tweeted the LAPD. “We are asking for everyone to follow the officers directions and disperse from the immediate area.”
Nipsey was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store on Crenshaw Blvd. on Sunday afternoon. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, an autopsy determined that the 33-year-old rapper was shot in the head and torso. His death has been ruled a homicide.