A memorial gathering for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle outside his clothing store in Hyde Park drew huge crowds of friends and fans Monday night, but the gathering ended in chaos and confusion with conflicting reports coming in about what caused people in the crowd to start running from the area.
It is not currently known what sparked the stampede at Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, but moments later, multiple people were seen lying in the street receiving treatment from paramedics, with some seen being taken away in an ambulance.
Preliminary reports indicate as many as 19 people were injured and hospitalized, the Los Angeles Fire Department said about 10:15 p.m.
Two people who were hospitalized had suffered critical injuries — one as a result of being struck by a car, and another with a "penetrating, traumatic injury" of unknown origin, the department said. Two others had serious injuries and the remaining 15 had injuries that were not life-threatening.
Most were hurt by "'trample injuries' sustained when the crowd rushed out," LAFD stated, adding that no one was wounded by gunfire.
The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted shortly before 9 p.m. that "reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order."
The crowd spilled out into the surrounding streets and moved to nearby businesses, prompting law enforcement to take crowd-control measures.