Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party at the 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood on Saturday, ended with music executive Suge Knight getting shot six times twice, amid mayhem which reportedly also targeted Brown and injured others.
Chris Brown and singer Pia Mia’s co-hosted pre-VMA party at the 1Oak nightclub in West Hollywood, ended in tragedy as gunfire blazed at the venue early Sunday morning.
Black Kapital Records CEO, Suge Knight, was reportedly shot six times at the event, which was attended by Fast and Furious 7 actor Tyson Beckford, Black Eyed Peas star Apple De Ap, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Richard Simmons — among others.
Beckford and De Ap told TMZ they heard four shots fired in the club at around 01:30 am.
The website later reported Knight was not shot twice as previously reported, but took a total of six hits. Another male and a woman were also shot, but are expected to recover.
Somehow, Suge managed to make it outside 1OAK unaided, where he was reportedly seen by a police officer and waited in a police car before an ambulance arrived. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital for emergency surgery.
Post-surgery, Knight is reportedly recuperating in intensive care and is expected to recover.
TMZ reports sources say police believe Brown and Knight’s alleged affiliation to the “Bloods” gang is a motive for the shoot-out.
“Literally can’t believe what I just witnessed,” one reveller, Katie Clendon, tweeted after guns blazed in the club. “Someone tried to fire shots at Chris Brown at 1oak. Speechless.”
Former Australian Next Top Model finalist, Simone Holtznagel, thought to have been at 10AK, also took to social media to reveal she and model pal Chloe Lloyd hid in a toilet cubicle amid the mayhem.
“Me and @MOANNN sort refuge in a toilet cubicle as rifles targeted Chris brown & bieber outside. #usa, (sic),” Chloe wrote in a tweet sent to Simone.
Despite Lloyd’s tweet, as it turns out Justin Bieber reportedly did not attend the 1OAK bash.
However, he was spotted at a house party hosted by Brown at an LA mansion on Mulholland Drive, before Brown went on to co-host the 10AK event.
A video from inside 10AK [seen below] shows guests diving onto the floor as a “get down” was yelled after shots rang.
Another video taken outside 1Oak shows the club being evacuated and hundreds of party-goers filling a sidewalk.
Roads surrounding the venue were quickly sealed off by police.
TMZ’s initial report that The Game’s supposed denied entry to 1OAK may have been related to the fracas, was later contradicted by photos of the rapper at the party, The News reports.
Meanwhile, later on Sunday, Brown took to Twitter to slam those who opened fire.
He wrote: “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bulls**t!!!”
It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bullshit!!!
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) August 24, 2014
Brown’s evening had started completely differently. Along with rapper Ludacris, DJ Mustard and more, Brown was honored at the 2014 Broadcast Music, Inc. R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The X star was given a Citation Of Achievement for over 1 million broadcast performances of his hit “Forever.”
Accepting onstage, he said: “I just appreciate all the singers and songwriters who helped me get to this point, making all this great music.”
Brown added,” didn’t do it by myself, the fans really put and jumpstarted it where it needed to be. And I just wanna thank y’all.”