A vigil for rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in a blatant shoot-out in daylight, descended into chaos after a loud bang caused hundreds of people in a panic.
Emergency services report that at least 12 were injured in the candlelight vigil that began as a peaceful memorial for the rapper.
"We had at least one seriously ill patient who was transported at the beginning of the incident, but I can not confirm the type of injuries sustained at this time," a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman said in a statement.
At least 65 firefighters are on site and vigil images show dozens of police cars blocking the city's roads.
Hussle, 33, was shot and killed yesterday in a parking lot outside his Marathon clothing store in southern Los Angeles.
According to reports, people started firing candles at the police while the police tried to break the vigil, and then a rumble, which people immediately thought was a shot, caused a stampede.
Since then, Los Angeles police said reports of gunfire "do not seem accurate."
There is still a strong police presence near Marathon Clothing and news helicopters hovering over the vigil have captured hundreds of people running from the store.
At least one woman was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, allegedly crushed by stampede.
Hussle was one of three men killed yesterday after the rapper allegedly argued with the shooter.
O LA Times is reporting the shooter and Hussle were known to each other.
The CCTV from a nearby business, overlooking the parking lot of Marathon Clothing, captured the complete exchange between the men in front of the cameras.
It showed the moment Hussle approaches the shooter before hesitating and falling to the ground.
The cameras captured a man in a dark shirt approaching Hussle and a group of men before firing a few shots.
It is then believed that the shooter got into a nearby vehicle waiting with a female driver and ran off.
It is believed that the other two victims are in serious condition.
Hussle was reportedly shot several times before being transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Just hours before the shooting, the 33-year-old rapper posted an enigmatic message on his Twitter.
"Having strong enemies is a blessing," said the tweet.
It is believed that Hussle had ties to Crips, one of the largest street gangs in Los Angeles.
During his 10-year career, he released several mixtapes and was nominated for a Grammy for his first studio album, Victory Lap.
Signed at Atlantic Records, he performed at the Warner Music party in Los Angeles during the Grammy Week.
Hussle released his first mixtape Slauson Boy Volume 1 in 2005 and followed with two more, Bullets have no name volumes 1 and 2 in 2008. He signed with Epic Records that year, although an album he would have completed for the South Central State of Mind label was never released and he left the label in 2010.
In the following years, he collaborated with Drake on music Killer as well as Snoop Dogg in music Upside down.
He continued to release mixtapes over the years, collaborating with Rick Ross, YG, DJ Mustard and many others. In 2016, he released a song with YG about the presidential election called FDT.
He signed with Atlantic the following year and launched Victory Lap in early 2018.
He has a son with actress Lauren London and the couple appeared in a GQ magazine profile last month.
Tributes flowed to the rapper yesterday, with fans and other celebrities sharing their shock at the devastating news.