WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is believed to have been one of three people who were wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in West Hollywood, according to multiple published reports.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy confirmed to CNN that the former Death Row Records CEO was wounded in the shooting early Sunday morning. Witnesses said the 49-year-old Knight was able to walk out of the exclusive 1OAK nightclub, where the shooting occurred, on his own.
Citing family sources, TMZ.com reported that Knight underwent surgery at an area hospital after sustaining six gunshot wounds. Police sources have not independently confirmed to CBSLA.com on the record that Suge Knight was wounded in the shooting.
Two other people, described as a 19-year-old woman and 32-year-old man, were also wounded. All were taken a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening wounds.
The incident happened at party hosted by singer Chris Brown on West Sunset Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. on the eve of the MTV Video Music Awards.
Those on scene told CBS2’s Joy Benedict that the driver of a Cadillac Escalade, which was parked outside the establishment, assisted the 19-year-old victim who collapsed as she came running out to escape the gunfire.
Video captured from inside the club and posted on Instagram depicted Brown prior to the shooting addressing fans on stage. When gunfire erupted, hundreds could be seen scattering to escape. Several people reportedly sustained minor injuries from pushing, shoving, and broken glass. They did not require hospital transport.
“People were pushing. Most people on the floor. Running. Falling on glass. The only person that was standing was Chris Brown,” said Hayley Belle, a nightclub patron.
Video captured after the shooting showed attendees leaving the club with their hands in the air in accordance with audible commands by investigators, who were searching for the shooter.
Although Brown was hosting the event, he was not believed to have played a role in the shooting, according to authorities.
Early Sunday morning, Brown said via Twitter (@ChrisBrown), “It’s disappointing that we as society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the [expletive].”