Nipsey Hussle, Arizona Shooting: Suspect Caught, Nipsey Releases Statement
According to reports, Tempe police apprehended a vehicle leaving the scene of the shooting, and took one unidentified male into custody. He is currently being charged with 13 counts of aggravated assault and one count of assisting a criminal street gang, pending additional charges. Police are still searching for two more male suspects.
As previously reported, the shooting took place shortly before midnight on Friday, when close to 300 people were lined up outside of The Clubhouse Music Venue, waiting for Nipsey to perform.
While 14 people were left wounded, including two in serious condition, police said none of the injuries are life-threatening.
“We are very fortunate that nobody was killed last night,” Lt. Mike Horn said, entreating the local community to provide any information they may have as to the whereabouts of the remaining suspects.
“Without the public’s help, these two people, the next time, may kill somebody.”
According to Horn, the shooting is being considered gang-related. Apparently Nipsey was supposed to perform in Tucson on Thursday (March 1), but failed to appear, after gunfire was reported at the venue.
“This is obviously very concerning to us on a lot of different levels and we want to do everything we can to catch these guys,” Horn said.
Nipsey has also released a statement, offering his “deepest sympathies” to the families of the injured fans, and claiming he had no part in the shootings.
“Contrary to current media reports, it’s important note that these shootings did NOT happen inside a venue, concert, or show in which I was booked to perform, and at the time of the incident, I was in my hotel room,” he said. “I grew up on the streets of south central Los Angeles and have witnessed many tragedies in my lifetime. I never glorify any situation like this and think it is disgusting. Any fan of my music knows that I strongly oppose gun violence, and that I represent nothing but peace and progress through hard work.”
If you have information on the shooting, please call the Tempe the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
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