The killing of Nipsey Hussle on Sunday has sparked an outpouring of grief across the country, but the Los Angeles police chief was quick to point out that his death is part of a troubling surge in the city.
In the span of a week, 26 people were shot and 10 were killed.
“That’s 36 families left picking up the pieces,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said in a tweet.
Hussle’s death comes in the same week that brothers Jason Montes, 24 and Justin Montes, 25, were sprayed with multiple gunshots as they stood on a sidewalk, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez told CNN affiliate KTLA.
The brothers were killed on the same day and a mile away from where a 38-year-old man walking to a home was approached by a gunman and shot, the news station reported.
Those shootings followed that of a woman in her later 30s, killed in a Leimert Park home, according to KTLA.
Moore said the week of shootings were part of “a troubling surge in violence.”
“We will work aggressively with our community to quell this senseless loss of life,” he said on Twitter.
Hussle was shot along with two others outside his clothing store in the area of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles around 3:20 p.m. Sunday.
The rapper, businessman, father and community leader had immediate plans to address the violence that ultimately killed him.
He was scheduled to meet on Monday with Moore and the Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff to discuss ways the police could help stop gang violence and reach out to youth.
“A weekend in Los Angeles with incidents of tragic violence. This needs to simply stop,” Soboroff said on Twitter after Hussle was killed. “Many of us will join together to stop whatever caused your, and so many other tragic unnecessary killings.”
On Tuesday, Soboroff will join other department officials for a news conference at 8:30 a.m. local time, to discuss both the latest updates in Hussle’s case as well as the uptick in violence in the city.