1 APRIL 2019 ? 7:43AM
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead in the US city of Los Angeles Sunday, sparking an outpouring of grief from fellow celebrities as the city’s mayor blamed “senseless gun violence.”
According to local media reports, Hussle was shot in front of his own clothing store Sunday afternoon at close range, by a man who fled in a getaway car.
“Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted.
A police spokesman told AFP the suspected shooter remained at large.
“LA is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence,” Mr Garcetti said.
The Los Angeles Times reported the shooting was “likely planned and gang-related.”
People gathered outside the shop and lit candles in tribute CREDIT: AP PHOTO/DAMIAN DOVARGANES
The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty.
“Gone 2 soon,” rapper Snoop Dogg posted on Instagram. “I’m so sad right now I’ll just reflect on the good times we had.”
Superstar Rihanna posted: “This doesn’t make any sense!
“My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle.”
Outside his clothing shop, a crowd gathered behind yellow police tape, and a grief-stricken woman clasped her hand over her mouth.
At least one cartridge case lay on the ground, near a black ball cap.
Long part of the underground rap circuit, Hussle struggled to find fame but began selling his own mixtapes, which rap king Jay-Z once bought 100 of for $100 each.
Hours before his death Hussle – whose youth was intertwined with Los Angeles gang culture – tweeted: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”