Chris Brown 'target' of nightclub shooting
Chris Brown was apparently the intended target of a nightclub shooting in Hollywood overnight.
The 25-year-old singer was hosting a pre-MTV VMA party at 1Oak nightclub in West Hollywood when the shooting happened.
According to TMZ, shots were heard about 1.30am on Sunday (NZT 8.30pm Sunday), with Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, 49, shot several times. Witnesses have now speculated on Twitter that it seemed the shots were meant for Brown.
"Early stages of the investigation indicated that the person known as 'Suge' Knight has been identified as one of several victims of this shooting that occurred in West Hollywood," Deputy Jeff Gordon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
Sources said Knight was apparently shot at six times during the incident, with the two hits to his stomach and arm and potentially other body parts. It's thought the founder-and-chief executive of Black Kapital Records managed to walk out of the club by himself, before being spotted by police, who guided him to an ambulance.
Gordon confirmed two other victims: a man, 32, and a woman, 19.
Brown was not hit. Knight remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, TMZ reported.
The shooting came just hours before MTV's Video Music Awards, which are slated for Sunday evening (Monday, midday NZ time) in Inglewood. MTV said it had no affiliation or connection to the event.
There was no confirmation about how many shots were fired, Gordon said. "We're still in the early stages of this investigation and don't have any updates at this time."
"It's disappointing that we as a society can't have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bulls**t!!! (sic)," Brown posted on Twitter.
Tyson Beckford, The Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap and Justin Bieber also attended last night's event.
Knight has been shot before. In 2005, he was struck in the leg during an MTV awards pre-party in Miami Beach.
Knight's genius for poaching up-and-coming talent helped him land and make megastars out of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre and shifted the center of the rap universe to the West Coast the 1990s.
Knight formed a separate artist management company before co-founding Death Row Records in 1991 with Dr. Dre, who had broken with popular Compton rap group N.W.A.
Dr. Dre's solo debut album, "The Chronic," became one of the most profitable and influential rap albums of the 1990s. It also made a star of Dr. Dre's underling, Snoop Dogg, whose debut album "Doggystyle" was also widely popular.
Knight, however, has been in and out of jail over the past two decades due to parole violations and physical attacks relating to a "rap war" he fuelled with East Coast artists.
Financial troubles also eventually lead to Death Row Records filing for bankruptcy.
- USA Today, AP, Cover Media