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Rap mogul Suge Knight shot, wounded in nightclub (w/video)

  • Sheriffs are seen outside the 1OAK club, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was injured in an early morning shooting Sunday in the packed nightclub but was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was shot and injured in a packed nightclub early Sunday, but he was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant said.

Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. at 1OAK on West Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, said Sgt. C. Tatar, watch commander at the Los Angeles County sheriff's West Hollywood station.

Two other victims, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital for treatment and were expected to survive.

Authorities are still seeking a suspect and declined to release additional information, citing the ongoing investigation.

The shooting came just hours before MTV's Video Music Awards in Inglewood Sunday evening. R&B singer Chris Brown, who was co-hosting a party at the nightclub with Pia Mia, was also inside the club but not hit by the gunfire, Tatar said.

"This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event," the singer's representative said in a statement. "He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation."

MTV said it had no affiliation or connection to the event. Calls to the club rang unanswered.

Laura Coverson, a spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said she could not confirm reports that Knight was being treated there because of strict medical privacy laws.

Knight has been shot before. In 2005, he was struck in the leg during an MTV awards pre-party in Miami Beach.

Knight's genius for poaching up-and-coming talent helped him land and make megastars out of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre and shifted the center of the rap universe to the West Coast in the 1990s.


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