Will Suge Knight Shooting Mar Post-VMAs Parties?
News that Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was shot early Sunday morning at a Chris Brown-hosted pre-VMA Party in West Hollywood has had a rippling effect throughout the city leading up to the awards show.
After Knight and two others were shot during a party at 1 OAK nightclub, Knight was transported to a hospital where police confirmed he is now in stable condition. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department told Billboard in the day following the shooting, there have been no major developments yet to note.
Although Knight has had his run-ins with violence and the law -- including an incident where he was shot in the leg at a 2005 during a pre-VMA party hosted by Kanye West at Shore Club in Miami Beach, Fla. -- it's possible the bullets were not meant for him. One eye-witness said on Twitter the shots had been intended for Brown.
Literally can't believe what I just witnessed. Someone tried to fire shots at Chris Brown at 1oak. Speechless.— Katie Clendon (@KClendon) August 24, 2014
Since news broke of the incident this morning, Knight's family has since released a statement to Revolt asking for compassion during this time:
"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."
As well, West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico as spoken out about the incident, telling the LA Times, "This was just a regular night of fun on the Sunset Strip, and it was disrupted by criminals. Hopefully the Sheriff’s Department will find out who the person or persons were and prosecute them to the full extent of the law."
Sheriff Sgt. Chris Tater said the location, nightclub 1 Oak, has not been a particularly problematic nightclub since it opened in the former home to the now-defunct Key Club and Billboard Live venues earlier this year. He said, "When it's open, it's active. It's like a lot of clubs we have in the city, it's busy but nothing out of the ordinary. It's a busy part of town."
But with the incident on the minds of the city's music industry, over one of its biggest weekends, the question remains how Knight's shooting will affect Sunday night's post-VMA parties.
A rep for Republic Records, which is hosting a private post-VMAs party in Hollywood that's expected to draw such stars as Ariana Grande and Jessie J, told Billboard, "Tonight is a private, invite-only party and we do indeed have substantial security in place."