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Chaos broke out at a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown early Sunday morning as shots were fired inside a West Hollywood nightclub. TMZ reports that Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight was shot six times in the incident. He was taken to a hospital for surgery and is expected to recover.
As Us Weekly reports, two gunshots were initially fired at 1:35 a.m. in the 1Oak nightclub. Security helped Chris Brown and his table exit while many others in the crowd fled. At 1:50 a.m., police rushed into the club and forced the remaining guests to leave with their hands in the air.
“People were screaming and yelling and most ran out immediately,” a witness to the scene told Us Weekly. “The floor was covered with glass from everyone dropping their drinks.”
According to TMZ, Knight was one of three people hit by the gunfire. At least one of the other victims is in critical condition. Knight was shot in the stomach and arm, but was able to walk out of the club on his own, and family sources tell TMZ that he is now out of surgery and in intensive care.
In 2005, Knight was shot during another pre-VMA party hosted by Kanye West. In that incident, he was struck in the leg when a shooter opened fire in the VIP room of the Shore Club hotel in Miami.
On Sunday morning, Brown appeared to respond to the melee on Twitter. “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes,” he wrote. “Miss me with the bullshit!!!” A representative for 1Oak was not immediately available for comment. A spokesperson for MTV clarified that the network had no affiliation with Saturday’s event.
Floyd Mayweather, who has been feuding with 50 Cent, Nelly and T.I. in recent months, addressed rappers in an interview.
“Of course, Hip Hop artists, they come and go,” Mayweather says. “They come and go. But I’m still here.
“I’m relevant,” he adds. “My life is the shit. I’m something to talk about…What’s so crazy is this: You know, when people are not relevant, and they’re not moving units like they was once moving…You’ve got to realize, I’ve been relevant for 18 years.”
“I don’t have anything negative to say about any Hip Hop artist,” he says. “A lot of times, you see a lot of these rap artists, they rap about certain things, but I really live it. Every home that I have is paid for, every car that I have is paid for, and I am a hundred-million-dollar man. I mean, this is the truth, it’s not a lie…I mean, if these guys claim that they’re doing certain numbers and certain units, then we’ll see. My fight’s already sold out. You could take me anywhere. You could take me to the moon, and believe me, everybody’s going to try to take a trip to the moon to watch me fight.”