The man who was wounded — and later jailed — in a shooting that took the life of rapper Nipsey Hussle has broken his silence.
According to CNN affiliate KCAL, Kerry Lathan, 56, is seeking housing after being one of two men wounded in a shooting during which the 33-year-old musical artist, activist and entrepreneur was killed.
On Wednesday, Lathan appeared at a news conference in Los Angeles in a wheelchair.
He said he was at Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles to pick up an item of clothing when bullets flew in the parking lot next to the shop.
“[Hussle] told me that he would have the shirt that I needed next week and I said okay,” Lathan said. “And as I turned it was all bad.”
He gave an update on his condition since the shooting.
“I have a bullet in my back. Fragment in it broke off near my spine,” Lathan said. “They say if we take it out, there’s a possibility you could be paralyzed.”
He also discussed being arrested days after the shooting.
Lathan had been released on parole seven months ago after serving about 25 years for murder. He was arrested and accused of violating his parole by associating with a gang member because Hussle was a member of the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips.
Police said Lathan’s phone contained photos of him posing with men throwing the Rollin 60s gang sign.
Lathan said during the press conference that he “didn’t have no idea of any of that.”
“I know they said [Hussle] was a Rolling 60s. That’s not what he is today,” Lathan said. “He’s a celebrity. I took a picture with a celebrity. I met him once, took a selfie.”
After reviewing the incident, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation determined it was merely a “technical violation,” requested the petition be dismissed and Lathan was released 12 days after his arrest.
Eric Holder has been arrested as the alleged shooter and is charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He is being held on $5 million bail and is scheduled to be back in court May 10.