Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was shot multiple times at a pre-Video Music Awards party hosted by Chris Brown on early Sunday morning. Knight suffered six gunshot wounds and was immediately taken to a hospital, where he was operated upon.
Latest reports note that Knight, 49, is out of surgery, and is expected to recover after being shot in the stomach and arm. The shooting took place in the early hours of Sunday at the 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood, reported TMZ.
Besides Knight, the website noted, at least two more were hit, and one is in critical condition.
It is not immediately known what prompted the gunfight, but Celeb Dirty Laundry feels that it might have something to do with rapper Tupac Shakur's murder. In 1996, the rapper was shot and killed in Las Vegas as he rode in a car driven by Knight, and several people believed Knight was involved in the setup that killed Tupac.
Meanwhile, TMZ reported that law enforcement officers are focusing on gang rivalry as a motive behind the shooting. Cops are reportedly interested in the "common denominator with Chris Brown, Suge and Game -- Bloods affiliation," TMZ reported.
Bloods is primarily an African-American street gang based in Los Angeles, California.
Eyewitnesses told the website that Brown was flaunting a lot of gang signs before the shooting. He was reportedly sporting a red bandana, which is the Bloods' moniker, and Game, who got into an altercation with security officials outside the 1OAK is believed to be a proud member of the gang, noted TMZ.
Knight, too, is known for his affiliation to the gang, according to the website.
While Knight was among the few who were injured in the shooting, an eyewitness wrote in her Twitter account that Brown was also a target. "Literally can't believe what I just witnessed. Someone tried to fire shots at Chris Brown at 1oak. Speechless," Katie Clendon wrote.
Brown, too, took to his microblogging account to talk about the incident, tweeting: "It's disappointing that we as a society can't have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bullshit!!!"