Rapper Nipsey Hussle Dead at 33 After Being Shot Outside His Los Angeles Store

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle has died.

The artist was shot multiple times outside his store, Marathon Clothing Company, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 33.

Hussle was one of three men who were shot in the attack. They were all taken to a local hospital following the shooting, where Hussle later died of his injuries. Authorities tell ET that the other men are in stable condition, and that the suspect responsible fled in a vehicle. The scene is currently being processed, as the attack is being investigated as a homicide.

According to a tweet by the LAPD, the suspect in the shooting is described as a male black, and the department's South Bureau Homicide is currently "conducting an investigation to locate him and anyone else involved." 

The rapper notably tweeted shortly before reports of his shooting began to surface, "Having strong enemies is a blessing."

Mayor Eric Garcetti took to Twitter in the evening to address the tragic news, and share his condolences with Hussle's family.

"Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence," Garcetti wrote. "My Crisis Response Team is assisting the families coping with shock and grief."

Atlantic Records called the rapper "one of the greatest artists" the label has ever worked with in their own statement on the shooting. 

"Words can not express our sadness," the statement reads. "Nipsey was not only one of the greatest artists we worked with but an amazing father & leader in his community. One of the kindest & brightest stars in the universe, he was inspiring to all. We will miss him, his music & everything he stood for."

In a statement, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called Hussle's sudden passing "tragic" and offered the rapper's family his  "deepest condolences."

"As South Los Angeles’ representative on the Board of Supervisors, I urge calm and a period of reflection," he added. "Violent retaliation for this event will not be tolerated. Our communities have lost too many young men and bright futures to the scourge of gun violence. For healing to occur, even from this terrible incident, justice must be sought through legal means, and community peace must be found."

"I am in contact with law enforcement officials who will provide all the necessary assistance, and I ask members of the public to come forward with any information related to this incident or any emerging retaliatory response," the statement concluded.

The "Racks in the Middle" rapper -- who was born and raised in Los Angeles' Crenshaw neighborhood, not far from where he was gunned down -- worked as a local community organizer and was involved in the ongoing Destination Crenshaw arts project.

Hussle had two children, including a daughter, Emani, and a 2-year-old son he and girlfriend Lauren London welcomed in August 2016.

ET spoke with Hussle on the red carpet at this year's GRAMMY Awards in February, and the rapper opened up about how being nominated for Best Rap Album, for his recent album Victory Lap, was motivational and exciting.

'I'm inspired, obviously, I want to get back in and make some new music," Hussle said, adding that the nomination also made him feel "humbled."

"I know how much we put into the album, so to get to be recognized, it means a lot for me, my team also, everyone who worked on it, and [we're] just excited to be here," he added. He also talked about his new single, "Racks in the Middle," and said that he'll be releasing new tracks and possibly even an LP "definitely this year."

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