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Police in Tempe, Arizona have updated the number of people wounded by gunfire outside of a Nipsey Hussle concert to 14. They also say the shooting involved rival gangs.
"We're very fortunate that no one was killed,” Lt. Mike Horn told 3TV News
As we previously reported, Nipsey was supposedly scheduled to perform Friday [March 2] at The Clubhouse. At around midnight gunfire rang out leaving those 14 people shot, 2 are still listed in serious condition.
Police initially thought there were two shooters, but after the arrest of one individual they now say there were a total of three people firing weapons.
The suspect behind bars is facing 14 counts of aggravated assault and one count of assisting a criminal street gang.
Nipsey released a statement regarding the incident on Saturday and denied that he was scheduled to perform at the venue. It's uncertain how his name got caught up in all of this, but you can read his statement below.
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.