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Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge
The end of the 22-date Under the Influence of Music Tour has had a sobering impact on headliners Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa, as the former faces a gun charge and the latter has had at least one future show canceled in the wake of a shooting death.
A 38-year-old man named Eric Johnson was shot to death backstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., on Friday as the Under the Influence show was ending. Johnson, also known as Black E and Swoop, owned a record label called Full Pull Entertainment and had planned a public afterparty featuring Jeezy at a nightclub called Studio 8 in San Jose.
The tour's next scheduled appearance on Saturday in Chula Vista, Calif., was canceled, and Live Nation issued a statement to declare its anti-violence stance and continued cooperation with the Mountain View Police Department: "Due to an active investigation at the Shoreline Amphitheatre stemming from an incident after last night's performance, tonight's Under the Influence of Music Tour show in Chula Vista, CA has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Ticket holders should return to the point of purchase for a refund. We abhor violence, of any kind. We continue to cooperate with authorities in their investigation into last night's isolated incident and any further inquiries need to be directed to the Mountain View Police."
The final Under the Influence concert took place on Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., without Jeezy, who was arrested with five others at the venue earlier that day after a search warrant from Irvine and Mountain View police led to the discovery of an assault rifle on his tour bus. They have all now been charged with felony possession of an assault weapon and bail for all but one have been set at $1 million, according to Orange County Superior Court documents obtained by San Jose Mercury News.
On Tuesday, Jeezy pleaded not guilty to possessing an illegal assault weapon in a Newport Beach, Calif., court. While weapons charges have been filed, no one has been arrested for Johnson's shooting.
Meanwhile, an unrelated Wiz Khalifa concert at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., has been canceled. "Due to Michigan State University's review of recent events and assessment of campus concerns, MSU has decided to cancel the event that was scheduled for September 13, 2014, which was to be held at the Breslin Center on the campus of MSU," reads a statement on the venue's website.