LAPD: Nipsey Hussle Was 'Never A Target' In Gang Investigation

Nipsey Hussle was not going to be prosecuted for any type of gang activity at the time of his death, as per TMZ.

On Wednesday (July 17), the celebrity gossip outlet shared an update on a previous New York Times report, which indicated that the late rapper and his business associates were being investigated by the LAPD and the Los Angeles attorney's office for potential gang activity at the time of the star’s death. Now, sources connected with the case revealed to TMZ that Hussle was "never a target" in the investigation. LAPD was simply trying to curb the long-standing gang activity in and around his Marathon Clothing store. However, it still doesn’t explain why Hussle was name-dropped in the investigation in the first place.

Earlier in the week, the NYT reported that an investigation began prior to the rapper's death and his murder outside of the storefront on March 31 alerted officials as they were concerned about that very kind of violence occurring at the strip mall. Hussle was 33. Since his death, Eric Holder, the man suspected of fatally shooting him, has been charged with murder and faces life in prison if he’s convicted.

If you’ve been following along, you already know that city officials pressured the owners of the strip mall to evict the late rapper, as well as his business associates, who own a cell phone store and barbershop at the strip mall. Instead, they sold the strip to the late rapper and a group of investors. According to the Monday report, the LAPD probe is ongoing and they are currently negotiating with Hussle's associates on the property "to mitigate some of those crime issues."

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