LOS ANGELES (AP) — Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was injured in
an early morning shooting Sunday in a packed nightclub but was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County
sheriff’s sergeant said.
Sunset Boulevard, said Sgt. C. Tatar, watch commander at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s West Hollywood
Two other victims, a man and a woman, were also being treated at local hospitals and were expected to
Authorities are still seeking a suspect and declined to release additional information, citing the
The shooting came just hours before MTV’s Video Music Awards, which are slated for Sunday evening in
Inglewood. R&B singer 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, Tatar said.
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
Laura Coverson, a spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said she could not confirm reports that
Knight was being treated there due to strict medical privacy laws.
Knight has been shot before. In 2005, he was struck in the leg during an MTV awards pre-party in Miami
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 fueled with East Coast artists.
Financial troubles also eventually lead to Death Row Records filing for bankruptcy.
AP Writer Mesfin Fekadu in New York contributed to this report.
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