Rap mogul Suge Knight injured in nightclub shooting
Chris Brown, who was co-hosting a party at the nightclub with Pia Mia, was also inside the club but not hit by the gunfire
Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was injured in an early morning shooting Sunday in a in a Los Angeles nightclub hosted by singer Chris Brown, but was expected to survive, the Associated Press reported.
Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire in the small hours of the morning at the 1OAK on West Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard.
Brown, who was co-hosting a party at the nightclub with Pia Mia, was also inside the club but not hit by the gunfire.
Tyson Beckford, a model and actor, and Apple de Ap, a member of U.S. pop group Black Eyed Peas were inside the pre-MTV Awards party and told TMZ they had heard four shots being fired.
“People were screaming and yelling and most ran out immediately,” a witness told Us Weekly. “The floor was covered with glass from everyone dropping their drinks.”
A statement released by the rapper’s family asked fans to “stray away from the negativity portrayed by the media.”
“The family of Suge Knight ask that you keep Suge in your prayers and to stray away from the negativity portrayed by the media. Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood, he's human.”
Two other victims, a man and a woman, were also being treated at local hospitals and were expected to survive.
Authorities are still seeking a suspect and declined to release additional information, citing the ongoing investigation.
The shooting came just hours before MTV’s Video Music Awards, which are slated for Sunday evening in Inglewood.
MTV said it had no affiliation or connection to the event.
Representatives for Brown and the party did not return a call for comment. Calls to the club rang unanswered.
Knight has been shot before. In 2005, he was struck in the leg during an MTV awards pre-party in Miami.