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19 People Were Injured In A Stampede After Panic Erupted At A Nipsey Hussle Vigil

The chaotic scene occurred late Monday in Los Angeles as police identified a suspect in the rapper's death.

Last updated on April 2, 2019, at 2:13 a.m. ET

Posted on April 1, 2019, at 11:56 p.m. ET

HydePark #NipseyHustle memorial a fight breaks out and people start running. Several injured in the stampede LAFD responding. LAPD asking for backup. @FOXLA

At least 19 people were injured in a stampede Monday night after hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil in South Los Angeles for the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told BuzzFeed News a fight apparently broke out at a makeshift vigil in the parking lot where Hussle was killed the day before, prompting about 300 people to suddenly flee in all directions. No shots were fired, despite earlier media reports, the spokesperson added.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said 19 patients were transported to local hospitals with injuries, two of them in critical condition. The majority of the injuries were caused by trampling from the crowd. One person was injured after being struck by a vehicle, and another suffered a penetrating wound of unknown cause, fire officials said.

Video captured by reporters at the scene showed frightened crowds of people suddenly fleeing the memorial after what had been a peaceful gathering earlier in the day.

The chaos occurred one day after Hussle, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was gunned down outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles.

A HUGE stampede of people rushed out of the @NipseyHussle memorial area. People thought they heard something break or a loud noise and started running. @ABC7

Police late Monday identified a suspect in Hussle's killing as 29-year-old Eric Holder of Los Angeles.

According to police, Holder walked up to Hustle and two other men Sunday afternoon and opened fire, killing Hustle and injuring the others. The suspect then ran into an adjacent alley where a sedan driven by an unidentified woman was waiting, the LAPD said.

Police are asking the public for help locating Holder and any information related to the shooting.

Eric Holder is wanted for Homicide in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle. He was last seen in a 2016 white 4 door Chevy Cruze CA license plate 7RJD742. Anyone with information related to his whereabouts or this deadly shooting is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100

Surveillance video footage of the shooting published by TMZ shows a man approach the rapper and shoot him multiple times at close range before fleeing.

Not long before the shooting, Hussle tweeted: β€œHaving strong enemies is a blessing.”

The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Monday said Hussle died of gunshot wounds to his torso and head.

In the aftermath of the chaos at Hussle's memorial, people reportedly started throwing candles as LAPD officers tried to clear the scene. A dispersal order was issued and no one was allowed back to the site, a police spokesperson said.

HydePark people are starting to throw candles, organizers are trying to get people to leave peacefully. LAPD was letting people mourn but a few caused the problem

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