The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has officially determined Nipsey Hussle’s cause of death.
The 33-year-old rapper was fatally shot outside of his store The Marathon Clothing on March 31 near the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles.
The Coroner’s office said in a statement obtained by E! News that the late rapper “was found to have died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso.”
According to the statement—which mirrored what the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted on Sunday—Hussle was shot and then “taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.” The Coroner’s office added, “The manner of death was certified as a homicide.”
“At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased,” LAPD tweeted Sunday afternoon. “We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available.”
The police department later revealed in a tweet that they had a suspect in mind and were attempting to locate him.
A law enforcement source told The Los Angeles Times that the killer was likely someone that Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Davidson Asghedom, knew. Law enforcement also reportedly believes that the shooter has ties to a gang, but the motive for Hussle’s murder was personal and not gang-related.
Hussle tweeted an ominous message on Sunday morning, hours before his untimely and tragic death. “Having strong enemies is a blessing,” he wrote.
Hundreds of people gathered outside of Hussle’s store near the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw on Sunday night to mourn the rapper and pay their respects.
LAPD even tweeted on Monday that they decided to forgo an April Fool’s Joke “in light of yesterday’s events.” They wrote, “We’re focusing on bringing justice to yesterday’s homicide on Slauson & Crenshaw in South LA.”
Hussle was well-known in his community and was remembered as someone who was “instrumental” to the area. Malik Spellman told the Los Angeles Times, “The man was instrumental in a lot of stuff. Fighting gentrification, trying to stop gang violence. The facts are he was a good person.”
He was passionate about tech, entrepreneurship, music and supporting his hometown community.