LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Record executive Marion Knight was seriously wounded in a shooting at a Video Music Awards pre-party hosted by singer Chris Brown at the 1OAK nightclub on Sunset Boulevard on Saturday night. This is the second time Knight has been shot while attending a VMAs pre-party. In 2008, Knight was shot in the arm while attending a party hosted by Kanye West.
According to the New York Times, Knight underwent emergency surgery after being shot in the torso, and is currently in intensive care. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that two other individuals — a man, 32, and a woman, 19 — were also shot during the incident. Police have not disclosed a motive or a suspect for the shooting.
Following the shooting, Chris Brown tweeted: “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes.”
Knight, often known by the nickname Suge, was the founder of influential label Death Row Records in 1991, with a roster that featured groundbreaking artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. Death Row became insolvent in 2006 and Knight is currently reported to be the the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records, a label with little apparent output.
Knight has also done two stints in prison, once in 1997 and again in 2003 for violation of the probation he was serving for allegedly shooting a man while stealing his car in an incident in 1987. Knight was also accused of complicty in the shooting death of Tupac Shakur and the subsequent killing rapper Biggie Smalls by a number of independent investigators, however no criminal charges have ever been filed against Knight in either incident. – Staff Writers