Los Angeles, CA – Gunfire erupted outside of Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap release party late Saturday night (February 17). The event was being hosted at the iconic World On Wheels in Los Angeles, which Nipsey reportedly bought last August. At least one male was shot and taken to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, according to police officers at the scene.
Sgt. Ahn of the Los Angeles Police Department in Wilshire spoke to HipHopDX about the incident, and confirmed the shooting took place in the parking lot between World On Wheels and the Bank of America.
“At approximately 11:30 p.m. [PST], there was a drive-by shooting near World On Wheels,” Sgt. Ahn explained to DX. “The victims were standing outside in the parking lot. Only one person was actually hit and I believe it was in the leg. At this time, we have no suspects or vehicle.”
A woman attending the party, who asked not to be identified, was standing right next to the shooter and witnessed the melee happening outside of the venue.
“I was walking to the ATM and I heard bullets start flying by,” the witness told DX. “I heard casings hitting the ground. I saw people falling down. It was like mass hysteria. I couldn’t see who got shot. We just started running and didn’t look back. I just kind of heard it happening. I couldn’t really tell how many people got shot because so many people were falling. Everyone scattered and were climbing over each other to get away.”
Police added nobody was talking, including the victim. Those inside the party were unable to hear what was going on outside.
Prior to the incident, the Atlantic Records signee appeared to be in good spirits. The Los Angeles native posted several photos to his Instagram account highlighting his celebratory evening. He had not arrived at World On Wheels yet when the shooting started.
A handful of people also referenced a shooting at World On Wheels on Twitter following the event.
I went back to skate @ world on wheels tonight for work and THERE WAS A SHOOTING! 😱😱 I was legit thinking who to call and say I love you
— 🌱Chels (@_Cheeba) February 18, 2018
The homegirl just call my phone saying they shooting at world on wheels but they charged her 40 to get in so she still skating 🤦🏽♂️
— I like chicken ❤️ (@rothemilfgod) February 18, 2018
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