Who Is Eric Holder? Suspected Killer in Nipsey Hussle Shooting Captured by Police, Authorities Say

Eric Holder, the suspected killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle, was captured in Bellflower, California by police. The 29-year-old was captured before 1:30 p.m. PT after police responded to a civilian reportedly identifying Holder, according to a KCBS-TV report.

Holder was first identified as a suspect in Hussle's death Monday night after the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted an undated picture of the 29-year-old. As previously reported, Holder was last seen fleeing the scene of the crime in a 2016 white four-door Chevy Cruze CA vehicle with the license plate 7RJD742. The car, which was driven by an unidentified woman, had been waiting for Holder in an adjacent alley.

Eric Holder Nipsey Hussle shooting suspect LAPD
This undated photo shows Eric Holder, 29, who is suspected of killing Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle on Sunday. Los Angeles Police Department

Investigators said Monday that Hussle—born Ermias Asghedom—had died from gunshot wounds to his head and torso, the Associated Press reported. Two other men were wounded and remain in the hospital. The LAPD said Holder walked up to the three men and fired a barrage of shots as they were standing outside Hussle's Marathon Clothing Company store on Los Angeles' Slauson Avenue.

The crime was allegedly committed over a "personal matter."

"Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in a conversation with Nipsey and the others that were there. He left and subsequently came back armed with a handgun, and purposefully and repeatedly fired, striking and killing Nipsey Hussle," LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday.

"At this point in our investigation, based on witness statements, and the background of those that we've identified, we believe this to be a dispute between Mr. Hussle and Mr. Holder," Moore added. "It appears to be a personal matter between the two of them in regards to a dispute, and I'll leave it at that."

The scene of the killing quickly became a memorial site for the 33-year-old Los Angeles native, who has been lauded not only for his musical achievements but also for his philanthropic projects and community outreach. The Grammy-nominated rapper was committed to investing in his community and providing business and education opportunities to young, underprivileged aspiring entrepreneurs.

Fellow musician Pharrell Williams tweeted, "You were about something positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak." Actress Issa Rae said that watching Nipsey's work "inspired me to invest and own in our communities."