Nipsey Hussle was being investigated by police for gang activity at his LA clothing store when he was gunned down outside it
- LA police had open probe on late rapper when he was shot earlier this year
- Police and city attorney were investigating alleged gang activity at his strip mall
- The rapper was almost evicted from his clothing store, it has emerged
- Hussle was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the hospital
- He was a former gangster-turned-entrepreneur who was eager to develop the neighborhood he used to deal drugs in
LA rapper Nipsey Hussle was being investigated by police at the time of his death, it has been revealed.
The Los Angeles Police Department were looking into possible gang activity at the late rapper’s strip mall in a joint probe with the city attorney’s office.
Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot dead outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles on the afternoon of Sunday, March 31.
His suspected killer Eric Holder, 29, faces one count of murder, two counts of suspected murder, two counts of assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Nipsey Hussle was pictured on Saturday at a March Madness basketball game in Anaheim, California. The next day, he was shot dead outside his clothing store
Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot dead outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles on the afternoon of Sunday, March 31
Police department officials had an open investigation into Hussle, his property and his business associates, to find out whether his clothing empire was embroiled in gang activity, the New York Times reported.
The probe is ongoing in the wake of the rapper’s death, according to the publication.
The investigation, which was kept under wraps, is understood to have almost led to the eviction of Hussle from his strip mall at the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue.
The rapper and a group of partners managed to salvage the store, raising $2.5 million to give to the landlord.
The revelation Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom, was under police investigation appears to contradict his actions in recent years, as the rapper was praised for working with the city to reduce gang violence.
Police department officials had an open investigation into Hussle, his property and his business associates, to find out whether his clothing empire was embroiled in gang activity
Lauren London, Diddy and Nipsey Hussle attend 2019 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on February 9, 2019 in LA
Since his teen gang years, Hussle had become an entrepreneur and a community organizer in the area.
He was involved in the Destination Crenshaw arts project and opened a co-working space called Vector 90 in Crenshaw so young people could take classes in science, technology and math.
In recent years, he had been buying up real estate in the neighborhood to try become a legitimate real estate mogul.
He and his business partner had plans to turn the plot where his clothing store was into a residential building and last year, he opened a co-working space and STEM center.
He was eager to increase awareness and interest in the technology and science industries in south L.A., with some residents crediting him for ‘teaching us how to invest’.
‘In our culture, there’s a narrative that says, ‘Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers.’ And that’s cool but there should be something that says, ‘Follow Elon Musk, follow [Mark] Zuckerberg.’
‘I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the people that’s waving that flag,’ he told the Los Angeles Times last year.
Even city officials publicly expressed their sorrow at the rapper’s death, with Mayor Eric Garcetti praising him as an ‘artist, entrepreneur, activist and philanthropist’.
The rapper, who was also on a mission to eradicate gang violence from the neighborhood where he grew up, was shot multiple times
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