Suge Knight was shot six times early Sunday during a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party hosted by Chris Brown at the 1OAK nightclub in California, TMZ reported. Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, was taken to a local hospital and remains in intensive care following surgery. Knight's former label was once home to Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
The shooting incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. PDT, the Los Angeles Times reported. Brown was hosting the party to celebrate the release of his new album and celebrity guests included Tyson Beckford, actor Robert Ri'chard and Black Eyed Peas member Apple de Ap, TMZ reported. Beckford, Ri'chard and Apple de Ap told TMZ they heard shots inside 1OAK. Knight walked out of the nightclub without assistance before being attended to by a police officer.
Two other individuals, a 32-year-old man and 19-year-old woman, were wounded during the incident, the New York Daily News reported. Rapper The Game reportedly got into an altercation with security guards at the nightclub around an 90 minutes before the shooting incident, TMZ said.
Knight has a lengthy rap sheet. He was convicted of violating probation stemming from a prior assault case in 1997, for which he served four years in jail, and violated parole after striking a parking-lot attendant in 2003, the Los Angeles Times reported. Knight was shot in the leg in 2005 at an MTV VMA party hosted by Kanye West. There is also that bit of hip-hop lore where Knight allegedly dangled Vanilla Ice off of a balcony although the latter has denied the incident ever took place.