NIPSEY Hussle’s funeral erupted into a dramatic street shootout killing one mourner and leaving three men injured.
LA police said a woman and three men, between the ages of 30 and 50, were attacked in an apparent drive-by shooting during the rapper’s funeral procession.
Police chief Michel Moore described the incident as a “multi” shooting.
He said the thugs launched their attack from a grey Hyundai.
Chief Moore said on Twitter: “In the midst of this procession we have a multi-4 Shooting at 103 St and Main St.
“Victims are 3 Male Blacks and 1 Female Black – ages from 30-50 years old.
“Tragically one is deceased. Suspects in gray Hyundai fired on the victims.
“We must stop this senseless violence.”
Police had been deployed at various points of the procession route to keep an eye on the crowd,
Initially, it looked peaceful, with fans even sitting on top of a police car spray-painted with the words: “Nips in Paradise.”
The procession followed the memorial service which was packed with mourners at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre.
Nipsey’s casket draped in the Eritrean flag, embarked on a 25-mile procession through the streets of Los Angeles.
Crowds tried to get the best glimpses they could of the hearse, while some chanted “Nipsy! Nipsy!”
The procession took a lengthy pause outside Hussle’s The Marathon clothing store, where he was shot and fatally wounded, before the apparent shootout.
In a horrific turn of a touching celebration of the rapper’s life, the shootout bared a chilling echo to Nipsey’s death last month.
‘STOP THE VIOLENCE’
After hearing loud sounds, which were apparent gun shots, mourners and fans who were in tears expressing sadness began to flee.
Photos from the scene shows people scrambling, including mothers grabbing their young kids and couples keeping each other on the ground to miss apparent gunfire.
Hussle was shot to death on March 31 while standing outside The Marathon, his South Los Angeles clothing store, not far from where he grew up.
Eric R. Holder Jr., who has been charged with killing Hussle, has pleaded not guilty.
Police have said Holder and Hussle had several interactions the day of the shooting and have described it as being the result of a personal dispute.
His loved ones and close pals including Snoop Dogg shared their favourite tender moments with the rapper, during the three hour service.
Snoop Dogg appeared visibly shaken as he said: “This a tough one right here.”
He thanked Hussle’s parents multiple times and told his father that “you picked up another son in me”.
Nipsey’s fiance, Lauren London shared a text message she sent him in January.
She called him “my turn up and my church”, before reflecting on how much she had learned from him, and how horrific it will be for their son to not remember his dad.
Lauren said: “My pain is for my two-year-old.”
Hussle’s mother, Angelique Smith, spoke calmly about her being in “perfect peace” and “happy and complete” despite her son’s death. She declared: “Ermias was a legacy.”
She called him a “superhero” who wasn’t afraid to lead, recounting a story about Ermias at 9-years-old running down the middle of the street to flag down a firetruck to extinguish her car’s engine that went under flames. Miraculously, the car still ran.
“We’re burning but not destroyed,” Smith said.
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