As Suge Knight recovers from being shot at an unofficial MTV VMAs pre-party, the hip-hop mogul’s relatives are speaking out about his injuries and what they call media “negativity.”
“The family of Suge Knight ask that you keep Suge in your prayers and to stray away from the negativity portrayed by the media,” Knight’s relatives said Sunday afternoon in a statement issued to Sean Combs‘ Revolt TV. “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,” the statement continued.
Knight, 49, was shot multiple times Sunday around 1:30 a.m., when someone opened fire at 1Oak Los Angeles, where the party was being held, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told TheWrap. Two other people were also struck by gunfire, including a 32-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman as they attended the gathering hosted by Chris Brown.
All of the victims were taken to local hospitals and are expected to recover, the Sheriff’s Department said. Knight was listed in stable condition. The other two victims’ conditions were not known.
Los Angeles-area hotspot 1Oak is located at 9039 Sunset Blvd. Nearly 12 hours after the shooting, an employee from TheWrap reported at least eight squad cars remained outside the club and part of Sunset Boulevard was still closed as investigators combed the scene for clues.
No arrests have been made, the Sheriff’s Department said. Officials would not comment on a possible motive.
As for Knight, he is no stranger to violence. The former Death Row Records CEO was shot in the leg in 2005 at a VMAs pre-party in Miami. In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in Las Vegas as he rode in a car driven by Knight. The hip-hop mogul has also been in and out of prison.
Brown has also seen his share of brushes with the law.
On Saturday, the “Loyal” singer posted an invitation to the party on his Instagram page announcing it was being held to celebrate the release of his upcoming album “X.” “Pre-VMA Party @1oakla tonight! #XTheAlbum 09/16/14,” Brown wrote.
However, MTV issued a statement to TheWrap distancing itself from the gathering. “MTV has no affiliation nor is connected to this event in any way,” the statement said.
Once the party got started, Brown posted a video on Instagram of himself and several others dancing and having a good time. “I throw the best house parties! Fu– wit me! #xthealbum,” he captioned the video post.