SECOND UPDATE: A rep for Chris Brown issued the following statement regarding the incident — “Chris hosted an event in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the upcoming release of his album X, during which an incident occurred. This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event. He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation.”
UPDATE: An eyewitness has confirmed to ET that Suge Knight, former CEO of Death Row Records, was shot multiple times at Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party, and Knight was the target of the gunfire. The witness told ET that Knight was seen pacing inside the club and speaking with R&B and hip hop producer Irv Gotti. 1OAK co-owner Scott Sartiano ducked down before four shots rang out, our witness reports, but Chris Brown continued dancing, unaware of the shots fired. Knight dropped to the floor after being shot multiple times, then crawled out of the club, and reportedly said, “Put your guns up. Hide me. They are shooting at me.” Knight hid in a police car for 20 minutes until the ambulance arrived, according to the witness, who places the shooting at approximately 1:15 AM Sunday morning.
Our witness also shares details about one of the other victims. A young woman was shot, but is in stable condition. Our witness says that contrary to reports, she was not paralyzed.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released the ages of the three victims. There are two male victims, 49 and 32 and a female, 19. They are expected to recover.
ET has also confirmed the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department responded to calls of shooting around 1:30 AM Sunday at 1OAK. Upon on arrival, 3 unnamed victims were injured. They were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
In an eerie example of history repeating itself, this isn’t the first time Knight has been shot at a pre-VMA party. In 2005, Knight was shot at Kanye West’s pre-VMA party. He was also with rap legend Tupac Shakur when Shakur was shot and killed at age 25 in 1996.
ET will continue to update as more details come in.
Shots were fired and multiple people were reportedly injured at a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown Saturday night in West Hollywood, California. Brown wasn’t the only celeb in attendance, as numerous stars, reportedly including Justin Bieber, joined him at the party at swanky 1OAK nightclub. Witnesses told ABC News that four shots were heard.
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Thomas Clark was at the 1OAK during the incident. He told ABC News, “It was scary. When a DJ gets on at a club like that- a high line club- and tells everyone to get the F out, it was scary… I was to the left of Chris Brown’s table. There was words exchanged. Someone confronted someone else. There was pushing. Right after that– it wasn’t very long, it certainly wasn’t going to be a fist fight. Guns were in house, and you hear the shots clears as day.”
British model Chloe Lloyd tweeted she and fellow model Simone Holtznagel hid in the bathroom.
Me and @MOANNN sort refuge in a toilet cubicle as rifles targeted Chris brown & bieber outside. #usa 😩🙈🇺🇸 #bangunsintheusa
— CHLOELLOYD (@xChloeLloyd) August 24, 2014
Chris posted an Instagram video of himself at the event before the incident.
Video also surfaced of Chris driving away from the club.
Today, he posted this Tweet:
The LAPD is investigating.
Chris Brown is at the center of controversy now, but one month ago, he buried the hatchet with former adversary Drake at the ESPYs. Check it out in the video below.
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