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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Rap producer shot at during party hosted by Chris Brown

Agencies  London, August 25, 2014
First Published: 15:42 IST(25/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:49 IST(25/8/2014)

Rap producer Marion 'Suge' Knight has been injured after he was shot at pre-MTV VMA party hosted by Chris Brown in LA, it has been revealed.

According to a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant, the rap mogul is expected to survive, the BBC reported.

Brown was present in the building when the shooting took place but the rapper was not hit by gunfire.

Brown, who posted several pics and videos from the party, tweeted that it was disappointing that they as a society could have fun or enjoy themselves without any altercations sometimes.

Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire. Two other victims, a man and a woman, were also being treated at local hospitals 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. An insider said, "This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event. He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation."

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.

Knight formed a separate artist management company before co-founding Death Row Records in 1991 with Dr. Dre, who had broken with popular Compton rap group N.W.A.

Knight, however, has been in and out of jail over the past two decades due to parole violations and physical attacks relating to a "rap war" he fueled with East Coast artists.

Financial troubles also eventually lead to Death Row Records filing for bankruptcy.

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