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The Latest: Police chief urges Hussle suspect to surrender

April 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle (all times local):

9:25 a.m.

Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore has called on the suspect in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle to surrender.

The chief told a televised press conference Tuesday that he was confident 29-year-old suspect Eric Holder was watching.

Moore urged Holder to go to a police station and turn himself in.

Moore says he was devastated by the killing of Hussle, who was shot outside his South Los Angeles clothing store on Sunday, a day before they were to have a meeting about the relationship between police and the inner city.

The chief says the attacker had repeatedly walked up to the artist and spoke to him, and then returned with a gun and opened fire.

Moore says Holder fled in a car driven by an unidentified woman.

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9 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is urging anyone who may have information about the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle to call city homicide investigators.

Police have named 29-year-old Eric Holder as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Hussle outside his South Los Angeles clothing store on Sunday.

The mayor told reporters Tuesday that an increase in gun violence over the past week alone has killed 11 people and he intends to use city resources to roll back that rise.

Garcetti also called Hussle a gifted and brilliant artist who had a deep impact on the city.

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3 a.m.

Los Angeles police are seeking a 29-year-old man who they believe shot and killed Nipsey Hussle outside the rapper’s clothing store where he was trying to remake his community.

Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore has scheduled a briefing Tuesday morning in which he will discuss how detectives came to identify Eric Holder as the man suspected of killing Hussle Sunday afternoon and wounding two others. Holder is suspected of fleeing in a 2016 Chevy Cruze with the license plate 7RJD742.

Moore also plans to discuss a wider upsurge of violent crime in the city. The press conference was scheduled before Holder was identified as a suspect. It will be held hours after a disturbance at a memorial for Hussle Monday night left at least 19 people injured, including two people taken to local hospitals in critical condition.

Dozens of police officers cleared the memorial site after a fight apparently broke out and a stampede ensued.