Nearly 20 years after he rode shotgun during Tupac Shakur’s final trip down the Vegas strip, hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has once again narrowly cheated The Grim Reaper.
Knight was shot multiple times during a star-studded bash at Los Angeles’ ritzy 1OAK night club early Sunday morning. The event, hosted by crooner Chris Brown, was an early celebration in anticipation of this evening’s annual MTV Video Music Awards. Rappers Young Jeezy and Lil’ Twist and Dancing with the Stars hoofers Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Tyson Beckford were among the high-profile stars in attendance when shots rang out at approximately 1:35 a.m.
Suge was shot in the arm and stomach. He did not require assistance exiting the venue, but was escorted to safety by police and later placed into an ambulance, according to TMZ. The 49-year-old is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery.
The Associated Press reports that two other people were hit by bullets during the melee. The unidentified man and woman are being treated at local hospitals and are also expected to survive. Police are on the hunt for the suspect.
Suge doesn’t exactly have the best luck with celebrity bashes. In 2005, the burly former bodyguard was shot in the leg at Kanye West’s pre-VMAs party in Miami.
Knight’s family has released a statement to Revolt magazine in response to widespread media reports of his shooting.
“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.”
Knight first found fame
when he hung Vanilla Ice off a balcony as co-founder of Death Row Records in the early 1990s. The ruthless recording label launched the solo career of rap legend Snoop Dogg and hosted the introduction of NWA alum Dr. Dre as a solo artist.