olice fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse hundreds of rap fans who took over a central Los Angeles neighborhood Tuesday to pay final respects to slain hip hop artist XXXtentacion, Page Six reports.
At least 300 people — many carrying candles or lit cellphones — filled a stretch of Melrose Avenue shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
But as time passed, some of the mourners became rowdy, climbing onto building roofs and swarming passing cars, the LA Times said.
They also threw rocks at nearby police, KABC-TV reported.
Officers eventually fired tear gas, pepper-spray balls and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, according to both media outlets.
There was no permit for the memorial.
“We’re going to try to have them safely leave and try to get the street back in order,” said LAPD officer and spokesman Tony Im.