Suge Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, was shot as many as six times early this morning inside 1Oak, the nightclub at 9039 Sunset Blvd. at North Wetherly in West Hollywood.
Two other as-yet-unidentified people — a 32-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman — also were shot during the incident, which drew dozens of sheriff’s deputies to the club.
The incident was first reported by TMZ, which posted a video showing Knight being wheeled on a stretcher to an ambulance. Knight was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. TMZ reports that he is expected to recover.
The incident caused a major panic on the Sunset Strip, with the TMZ video showing deputies with guns drawn behind cars and 1Oak partiers streaming out of the club with their hands up. Another video, shot by someone inside the club, showed the panicked crowd scattering as the gun went off.
As of 8:30 a.m. today, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had acknowledged only that three people had been shot at 1Oak.
Brown is a nominee for the VMA Best Collaboration Award for his “loyal” video featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga. This morning he reacted to the shooting with a post on Twitter. “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bullsh–!!!”
Knight is a controversial figure who has been in trouble with the law since at least 1987, when he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend and cutting off her ponytail. But his biggest controversy was around allegations, never proven, that he was involved in the murders of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) in 1997 and Tupak Shakur in 1996. Despite numerous investigations by police and journalists, no convincing account of those deaths has been produced.
Knight has been involved in at least eight other incidents, ranging from an arrest for violating probation that sent him to prison from Febuary 1997 to August 2001, the beating of his girlfriend outside a club in Las Vegas in 2008, an incident in 2005 when he was shot in the leg at another VMA awards party.