Videos of a stampede surfaced from a vigil at the Nipsey Hussle memorial on April 1, where authorities confirmed that attendees were being treated on the scene. Two people reportedly sustained ‘critical injuries.’
A crowd of 300 to 400 people fled in panic at the Nipsey Hussle memorial in South Los Angeles on April 1, where 19 people were transported to the hospital, according to AP News. A fight reportedly “erupted in the crowd,” and the resulting chaos led to two “critical injuries,” Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said in the outlet’s report. A car hit one person, while Stewart said the other sustained a “penetrating injury” (it has yet to be confirmed if the injury was a cut from broken glass, or from a stabbing incident). Of the 17 other injuries, two were reportedly “serious” and 15 were “non-life threatening.” HollywoodLife has reached out to the LAPD for comment.
LAPD chief Michel Moore also tweeted that many attendees were “treated on scene for sprained ankles,” as multiple outlets claimed mourners were trampled amid the pandemonium. However, authorities confirmed no gunshots were fired, despite earlier reports that claimed two vigil attendees were shot. “Our men and women are on scene and making every effort to protect everyone in attendance at the Nipsey Hussle vigil. Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order,” the LAPD tweeted.
In addition to a report of a fight, a “loud noise” or some other unidentified sound supposedly scared the crowd at the vigil, according to ABC7 reporter Veronica Miracle. “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,” Miracle tweeted (below). Prior to the disorderly scene at Monday’s vigil, “everyone was respectful” at the same memorial on March 31, an eyewitness EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) April 2, 2019
Our men and women are on scene and making every effort to protect everyone in attendance at the Nipsey Hussle vigil.
Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) April 2, 2019
The chaos ensued outside the store for Hussle’s apparel brand, The Marathon Clothing, the same place where Hussle was shot on March 31. The rapper, who was just 33 years old, died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed. Two other people were shot, but survived their injuries. On the day after he died, Hussle was scheduled to discuss ways he could combat gang violence and “help [police] help kids,” according to LA Police Commissioner, Steve Soboroff.