Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle had an important meeting scheduled Monday afternoon. Hussle was going to sit down with the president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and the city’s police chief to tackle an issue that, along with his music, has come to define his life: gang violence. Steve Soboroff, president of the police panel, said Hussle had wanted “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids.” The 33-year-old Los Angeles native was transparent about his history as a member of the Rollin 60s, which he once described as “one of the biggest Crip gangs of our generation.” On Sunday, Hussle was killed in a shooting outside a clothing store he owned, the Washington Post reports. “Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy,” Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted. “L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence.”
Los Angeles police officers responded to a shooting call at the Marathon Clothing store, which Hussle opened in 2017. Arriving at the scene, police found three people “suffering from gunshot wounds,” said Lt . Chris Ramirez. Shortly before the shooting, Hussle had tweeted about “enemies.” Growing up in Crenshaw, a South Los Angeles neighborhood known for its rampant gang activity, Hussle — born Ermias Asghedom — was no stranger to street violence. He recalled “being young, riding your bike through the hood getting shot at.” He saw “loved ones and homies” his age “getting killed, getting shot at.” Getting jumped at the mall or high school sporting events was just a part of life, he said.