Nipsey Hussle’s alleged murderer returned to the scene of the crime to finish off the rapper after hearing him speak once he fired the first bullets, according to witnesses.
A man believed to be Eric Holder – also known as ‘Sh***y Cuz’ – is seen on video darting away from the area where he gunned down the 33-year-old victim in Los Angeles last Sunday but then he comes back.
According to sources who were with the California businessman-and-musician claim Holder re-emerged from an alley following one of Hussle’s final utterances.
He’s reported to have raised his head off the ground where he lay outside his South LA clothing store and said something like: ‘You shot me, you got me, I’m good.’
A surveillance clip showed the suspect then fire additional shots before backing away and unleashing more ammunition. Finally he kicked the fatally injured man and fled the scene.
Eyewitnesses believe it was the second round of bullets that killed the star, real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom.
A memorial service for Nipsey Hussle will be held Thursday at the 21,000-capacity Staples Center in the rapper’s hometown of Los Angeles, a source close to the situation confirmed to Maybach Media.
Holder, 29, appeared in Los Angeles Court dressed in his blue prison uniform on Thursday alongside his defense attorney Chris Darden, who gained nationwide fame as part of the prosecution team at O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder trial.
Holder was arrested on Wednesday over the murder of the rapper outside his LA clothing store three days earlier. He has been reportedly held in solitary confinement in prison.
Darden told the judge his client was pleading not guilty to charges of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
The judge set the bail at $5million at the request of the District Attorney, a drop from the original $7million set by LAPD.
Rebuffing Darden’s request to ban media filming of the proceedings, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told the judge that ‘identification won’t be an issue in the case based on the information we have’, suggesting CCTV footage of the shooting may play a role in the DA’s case.
Authorities say Holder and Hussle, who knew each other, has several conversations Sunday outside the rapper’s South LA clothing store.
If convicted, Holder faces life in prison. Holder is accused of arguing with Hussle then walking away and returning with a handgun to shoot him and two associates.
The two other men survived but the rapper was pronounced dead at the hospital.
He had gone to his store, Marathon Clothing, to help an ex-con friend by giving him new clothes and had not told his security about his plans, according to sources close to him.
Surveillance camera footage showed the killer approach Hussle and his associates in the parking lot, fire several shots then flee, leaving Hussle writhing around on the ground.
He then got into a Chevy Cruze which was waiting nearby. On Tuesday, it’s driver told police that she did not know what had just happened when he got back into the vehicle despite being yards away from the killing.
She was released without charge. ‘Sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot,’ a law enforcement source said when asked why police let her go.
As the hunt for Holder intensified on Monday, it was claimed online that he had been ‘green lit’ by the Crips, the gang to which he belonged and allegedly ‘snitched’ on, to be killed.
LAPD Chief Michael Moore urged him to turn himself in to the authorities on Tuesday, hours before he was caught.