At least nineteen (19) people were injured at a stampede that occurred at a memorial service on Monday for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles, the city’s fire department said.
Over hundreds of people gathered in the southern part of the city outside Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing store where the Grammy-nominated musician was gunned down on Sunday in a suspected gang-linked attack that wounded two other people.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department,“Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order.”
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement that it transported 19 patients, two of them critical, and another two with serious injuries. The rest had “non-life threatening injuries.”
It added that there was “no evidence of any gun shot wounds” and that most people sustained “trample injuries.”
An LAPD spokesman told AFP some of the injured were “possibly stabbed.”
Hussle had found minor commercial success, but he was revered among his peers. His “Victory Lap” scored a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album this year, and his shock death sparked an outpouring of grief and tributes from hip hop royalty.