Thirteen Shot Outside Of Nipsey Hussle Concert, Rapper Releases Statement

At least two are in serious condition after shots rang out at a Nipsey Hussle concert in Arizona.

Thirteen people were shot in the parking lot of Tempe, Arizona's Clubhouse Music Venue on Friday (March 2).

Rapper Nipsey Hussle was scheduled to appear at the club. Shortly before he was scheduled to take the stage, local television news reported that gunfire erupted outside of the club.

“People stampeded over security. Not what I expected to be doing on a Friday night — dodging bullets,” 

“People stampeded over security. Not what I expected to be doing on a Friday night — dodging bullets,” said Paul Butler, a witness to the shooting, according to

Authorities say that there were no fatalities as of Saturday (March 3) morning, at least two people are in serious condition.

One suspect has been arrested, but two more have yet to be apprehended.

“People have reported that after the shooting, two black males wearing dark colored clothing fled the scene on foot,” stated Tempe Police spokesman Sergeant Steve Carbajal. “Those individuals have not been located at this time.”

Hussle released a statement regarding the incident via his tumblr page:

"My deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims and their families who were affected by the tragic event that took place last night in Arizona, and I pray for the speedy recovery for anyone involved.

Contrary to current media reports, it’s important note that these shootings did NOT happen inside a venue, concert, or show in which I was booked to perform, and at the time of the incident, I was in my hotel room.

I grew up on the streets of south central Los Angeles and have witnessed many tragedies in my lifetime.  I never glorify any situation like this and think it is disgusting.  Any fan of my music knows that I strongly oppose gun violence, and that I represent nothing but peace and progress through hard work… that anyone can overcome adversity no matter what your social status in life, which is clearly addressed on my latest release, “The Marathon Continues.”

Many people will wrongfully attribute this incident to the hip-hop culture, which is purely and simply false. The alleged shooters were not ticket holders for my performance. Regardless, this incident is a tragic reminder of the circumstances that face our community every day, and my heart and prayers go out to the victims of this, and all the other senseless acts of violence occurring every day in our communities.

- Nipsey"

More on this story as it develops.

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  • Anonymous

    Seriously why do you think so much rapper walk around with guns, simple it because they are scared, once you start to promote and invite that gang banging stuff, they so sooner are later it coming there why but none of them will tell the true that they are all scared to die, and this what happen is an example of invite that gangster stuff

  • azone

    Shit was crazy but what no one has said is the police had shown up no more then 5 minutes before the shooting happened & they didnt do a damm thing to stop it... FUCK THE POLICE

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      @ azone nah homie it not F the Police, why to black people always have to act like savages, why do black people always need the police or someone to govern us and what we call our, stop blaming the police, if niggers wanta continue to kill each other, why stop them we only hurting ourself, and i am saying that being black, niggas need to wake up be they fold.

  • Adam

    lol you know nipseys lawyer wrote that statement for him to say

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  • jj

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this. I really don't think it had to do much with the artist's lyrics or type of music, from witness accounts there was two opposing groups of people, shit popped off, and bullets began to fly. The only thing that can be attributed to the music, is that happened to be the attracting event that the two groups congregated at. Shit like this happens every night in Phoenix and just about any large metro area, this easily could have occurred at a house party, a mall, a gas station etc. It just so happens that because it was a concert, the concentration and density of people was high. By the way I was there, I did not witness it, I was one of the first First Responders to arrive and I treated/transported the most seriously injured person. Violence like this makes me sick, almost every night I get called to a beating, stabbing, shooting etc. and 9 times out of 10, its over the dumbest bullshit. Lives of young men and women are destroyed and families are destroyed every time the blood spills. I don't know what its going to take to put an end to this pointless violence, I've been on the front lines of it for over 14 years and still don't understand it. Every night I sleep, I dream and see the faces of young folks dying in front of me, and every night I pray for them. Please be safe everyone, one love.

  • Anonymous

    The same guy who says this... "Any fan of my music knows that I strongly oppose gun violence, and that I represent nothing but peace and progress through hard work" Also has a song in which he says this... I came from nothin - so did every other rapper Save the spectulation, real banger, gun clapper SILENCE! - Henny, I'll posses you with the Mac I'll turn him into candle on the curb over blood splat Fuck Rest in Peace shirts, nigga where ya guns at? Hittin been two weeks and we ain't seen no get back Type of shit is that, yo Crippin is wack You ain't poppin you ain't turfed up, nigga - you off deck I promise, I'll be out helpin with the pump Gooned up, black hoody on, chopper in the trunk Ready to hop out, and do my muh'fuckin stuff SIX-OH, NIGGA, dats wassup - HUH! The contradiction in hip hop is beyond baffling to me. Please people, pay attention to who you support and give your money to.

    • anonomous

      agreing with the anonomouse who wrote "You fan boys will fall for anything I swear." these rapers are forgetting were they came from talking about peace now that he got cash he trying to change his look on life thats bullshit. So eaither this motherfucker just another studio gangster or he just a dume fuck. Dont forget where you all came from. STELL, peace

    • K:O:S

      Word! Just my thoughts! Like he gives a fuck! Double standards and self contradiction is all over the rap INDUSTRY, not to be confused with Hip-Hop.

    • @craig_itsFriday

      that was a statement that his lawyer wrote. i hear ya and great point. nipsey is talented , people grow up. you cant help where your born. no wannabes like ymcmb. the only life dude knows up til a few years ago.

    • Anonymous

      You fan boys will fall for anything I swear. Getting a little testy because someone points out the ridiculous amount of contradiction from these rappers?! Ha! Try evolving from your current state of suckerhood. ... And no I didn't expect him to come out and say he's happy about the incident that occured. I just found it funny that he says he's against gun violence yet after pulling the lyrics from the FIRST song I found (didn't need to search 34 songs on the net, just one) I found a verse that completely makes that released statement laughable. I'm not saying the guy is the worst person walking. I just like poking fun at these artists because they seem to be some of the most confused people walking the earth. One minute they're trying to build a career for themselves marketing their gang life and being affiliated with it and the next they're all about peace and civility. Get the fuck outta here! My attention span isn't that short. I like see these frauds for what they are and call them out on it. You mad at the truth? Stay stuck your fantasy land. Reality's happening whether you like it or not.

    • Fish

      Did u expect him to come out and say that what happened was awesome and he hopes it happens at all his shows???? Retard.

    • Anonymous

      "Many people will wrongfully attribute this incident to the hip-hop culture" ^^^ he was talking about you o

  • Anonymous

    Yeah niggas never get tired,honkeys either but its never shocking to see Shit go down anywhere.people act like there so safe cause they stay in a certain area.yeah the cops may come quicker but if so one wants you dead then its only so many things you can do about it.I hope the best for those people.cowards with guns is nothing new to me .

  • stabler420

    I live in AZ and I have been to this venue many times. It is quite shocking to hear something like this happened there. It's a great venue and I've never even seen a fight there. This is not typical for the area in which the shooting occurred. Now if this happened at the marquee I would be less shocked. Hope this doesn't affect future shows.

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