A massive crowd gathered on the streets of south Los Angeles for the memorial of Nipsey Hussle that ended with at least a dozen people suffering injuries.
It was reported that at least two people have been critically injured and 10 others hurt after hundreds of fans stampeded during a vigil for the Grammy-nominated rapper, who was killed on Sunday.
The crowd outside Hussle’s clothing store in south Los Angeles appeared to be responding to reports of shots fired when the stampede occurred, police and media reports said. However, the Los Angeles police chief, Michel Moore, later said on Twitter that those “do not appear accurate”.
A Los Angeles fire department official told the LA Times that the department transported at least 10 people to hospitals, including two patients in critical condition. The majority of patients suffered injuries related to being trampled.
Footage from the scene shows mourners suddenly breaking and running from the scene. It is unclear what triggered the incident.
Of the patients transported by the fire department, two had critical injuries and two had serious injuries. The others suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the fire department said. One person was injured in a collision with a car, the fire department said.
The LAPD confirmed that there were no gunshot wounds to any of the injured.
Police spokeswoman Meghan Aguilar said rocks and bottles were thrown at officers as the area was being cleared. At least one person has been detained for disorderly conduct, she said.
Nipsey Hussle grew up in south Los Angeles and was a member of a street gang during his teenage years. He had since become a community organiser.
His debut studio album, “Victory Lap”, was nominated for best rap album at this year’s Grammy awards.
Tributes have continued to be paid to the rapper as the news of his death is still a shock to many.
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