Police are still investigating the Sunday morning (August 24) shooting of former Death Row CEO Marion “Suge” Knight. What we do know is that Knight and two others were shot inside of West Hollywood nightclub 1 Oak, and while the injuries are non-life threatening, Suge was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department told MTV News that they are investigating the shooting, but haven’t made any arrests as they are still corralling witnesses and trying to establish motive. TMZ is reporting that cops are looking into whether the shooting was gang-related.
Unnamed sources close to Knight’s family told TMZ that Suge, 49, was hit with one bullet in the arm and five in the stomach, with doctors recovering three of the bullets. According to the site, police are making a connection between Knight and Game, who have both been placed either in or around the nightclub the night of the shooting and have ties to the Bloods gang, as well as Chris Brown.
Knight’s family released a statement to Revolt TV on Sunday, which read: “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. He’s done a lot of things for the community and the culture as a whole so we ask that you respect that.”
According to reports, Game became angry and got into a fight outside of 1 Oak after security refused to let him. However, entertainment journalist Ryan Downey was at the club last night and gave MTV News a different account.
“Game was pissed off, but he was cool as a cucumber,” Downey told us. “He didn’t look like he was going to fight anybody.”
According to Downey, security was willing to let Game into the club through a back entrance around midnight, but they would not let his 20-plus member entourage in unless they went through the front entrance. “We walked into the alley right when Chris Brown and his crew pulled up. They went in no problem,” he said. “Security was going to let Game in, but they didn’t want to let all his friends in to the back.”
Game later tweeted: “F–k 1 Oak #LosAngeles.”
Once inside, Downey didn’t see or sense anything out of the ordinary. “Chris Brown was singing at different points, talking at different points. It was a good vibe, we were having fun,” he said, placing hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and producer will.i.am inside the club as well.
Most club goers ran after the shots rang off, but Downey tells us that Brown stuck around and puffed his chest. “After the shots were fired and everybody hit the deck, he [Brown] jumped back on the table, throwing his arms up,” Downey continued, estimating that he heard four shots.