The tragic shooting of Nipsey Hussle has taken an unexpected and very unusual turn.
As previously reported, the rapper was gunned down outside of his own clothing boutique in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, as sources have indicated that a man ran up to Hussle and two other people and shot them at nearly point blank range.
He sprinted away and got into a waiting car.
According to TMZ, the murder was gang-related.
Hussle, who hailed from Crenshaw, reportedly had ties to the Crips, but he had worked such Bloods-affiliated artists as YG and The Game.
If the homicide really did take place in the manner described above, it would seem to point to a very calculated incident, carried out by someone(s) that had a personal beef with the artist.
(Mere hours before he died, Hussle Tweeted "Having strong enemies is a blessing.")
Now, in a stunning Instagram video, someone appears to have taken credit for this hit job.
An artist by the name of Cinco says he was on Instagram Live a short while after the sad news broke that Nipsey had been shot.
He claims that in the middle of his Live session, a young man with the handle @gasstongbo jumped on with his own video and said he was the shooter.
This unnamed individual says he simply walked up on Hussle and shot him in front of his "daughter."
For the unofficial record, Nipsey was photographed right before the shooting in the presence of a young child, although it's unclear whether this child was his two-year old daughter or not.
You can watch this very strange assertion below, but keep in mind:
There's no evidence whatsoever that this person is the shooter. He could be your basic/pathetic Internet troll just seeking attention...
Hussle was nominated for a a Grammy Award in February for his debut studio album, "Victory Lap."
He lost out to Cardi B for Best Rap Album at the ceremony, but his popularity was at an all-time high right before he died.
In the wake of this tragedy, stars from every industry have reacted with shock and sorrow on social media.
Drake, for example, reacted quickly and emotionally, writing as a caption to an Instagram photo of Hussle:
"F--k. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance."
"This doesn't make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I'm so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle."
Jada Pinkett Smith chimed in as follows:
"Rest in Love Nipsey. I am an admirer of your wisdom which will now be part of your legacy. My heart bleeds for all those who love him. Stay strong @laurenlondon. He's an angel on your shoulder now."
Hussle was last seen in public on Saturday night, sitting in the first row for the Texas Tech-Gonzaga NCAA Tournament Game.
Prior to his death, he had often spoken up about gang violence in certain neighborhoods in Los Angeles -- and was even scheduled to meet up with L.A. Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff and LAPD Chief Michel Moore to discuss the issue on Monday.
How awful and ironic, right?
“We (@LAPDChiefMoore and I ) were meeting, at the request of @NipseyHussle with him and @rocnation tomorrow at 4pm to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad,” Soboroff tweeted on Sunday evening.
The artist was always honest about life as a child and young man in Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips gang, where violence between gangs is a constant.
“We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it,” he told The LA Times during an interview last year.
Hussle leaves behind two children.
May he rest in peace.