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LOS ANGELES  — The man suspected of killing Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was charged Thursday with murder and two counts of attempted murder over an attack outside the singer’s South Los Angeles clothing store on Sunday.

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed the charges, including two counts of attempted murder, against Eric Holder, 29. He is set to be arraigned in a downtown courtroom Thursday afternoon, two days after his arrest after a nearly 48-hour manhunt.

It is not clear whether Holder has an attorney.

Holder is charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The criminal complaint also includes allegations that he personally used a firearm and caused great bodily injury and death,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities say Holder and Hussle, who knew each other, had several conversations Sunday outside the rapper’s South Los Angeles clothing store. They say Holder eventually returned with a handgun and shot Hussle, who was declared dead at a hospital. He also wounded two other men during the attack, authorities said.

If convicted, Holder faces life in prison. He is being held at the county jail on $7,040,000 bond. 

Holder has a previous felony conviction. In 2012 he pleaded no contest to possession of a loaded firearm and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years’ probation. The case filed Thursday includes a charge that he was a felon in possession of a gun during the attack on Hussle.

The rapper and suspect had some sort of personal dispute the day of the shooting, police said, declining to give further details about their relationship.

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Hussle, 33, was engaged to actress Lauren London, with whom he had a 2-year-old son. He had another daughter from a previous relationship.

He was a beloved figure in the community that he was seeking to rebuild starting with his clothing store, among his fellow entertainers, and with public officials who praised his philanthropy and advocacy.

Hussle had success in hip-hop’s inner circles for 10 years through his coveted mixtapes, then last year broke big with his major-label debut album, “Victory Lap,” which was nominated for a Grammy.

Hussle’s murder evoked an outpouring of shock and sympathy tweets from friends and admirers, expressions of outrage from Los Angeles city officials and police, and a massive flower memorial spread out in front of Hussle’s clothing store.

On Monday night, a day after his death, mourners gathered at the memorial for a candlelight vigil meant to honor his life and legacy. Soon, the peaceful assembly turned into a chaotic stampede where at least one person was stabbed and more than a dozen others were injured. Police said a man at the vigil brandished a handgun and another person attempted to disarm him, sparking a destructive rush by mourners to flee the scene.

Contributing: Maria Puente USA TODAY

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