The man who allegedly killed Nipsey Hussle has officially been charged in the rapper’s death.
Los Angeles County charged Eric Holder with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder on Thursday, according to The Associated Press.
If convicted, he faces life imprisonment. Hussle died on Sunday after sustaining multiple shots to his head and torso. Two other men were also wounded during the attack, but they survived.
In 2012, Holder was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest to a firearm possession charge. Consequently, he was also charged with another possession charge for the gun used to kill Hussle.
The shooting happened after a personal disagreement between Hussle and Holder outside of the “Dedication” rapper’s Marathon Clothing store. Holder reportedly left and returned with a handgun. After committing the act, he jumped in a car driven by an unidentified woman.
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The getaway driver turned herself in to the police on Monday but has not been charged with any crime, according to The Los Angeles Times. She allegedly told investigators she had no idea Holder intended to harm Hussle when they drove to the store.
Herman Douglas, Nip’s business partner and one of the last people to see him alive, said the rapper shook hands with Holder moments before his death.
“Me and Nipsey was talking, and the dude that shot him (Eric Holder), he came and shook our hands. Said he was a rapper and this old bulls**t,” Douglas said. “Shook our hands, the dude went and got his burger. He left.”
Douglas went inside to eat his lunch, but when he came back out, Hussle was down.
“So, I might have left Nipsey’s side maybe three seconds,” Douglas continued. “I left him maybe, approximately three seconds that I had left Nipsey and the dude came and shot him.”
Investigators haven’t established an official motive, but Douglas believes Holder was jealous.
“What seems to be a less talented rapper had envy and hate in his eyes,” Douglas concluded. “It was nothing else. It was no motive. It was no beef.”
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that Holder was a suspect in the rapper-activist's killing. He was in police custody later that day.
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 pic.twitter.com/3pX4fbezDs— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 2, 2019
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