Early Sunday morning in Miami, within hours of the MTV Video Music Awards, hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was shot in the leg at a VMA party for Kanye West. As the shooter opened fire in the VIP room of the Shore Club hotel venue, guests including Game, Black Eyed Peas, actress Jessica Alba and comedian Eddie Murphy ran for the exit.
A police report described the shooter, who opened fire at the Shore Club hotel venue, as an unidentified African-American man wearing a pink shirt.
This was not the only setback for this year’s VMAs: several pre-show parties and events had to be cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina, which raged through Miami from Thursday to late Friday, killing six people and leaving serious property damage in its wake.
In the Nineties, Knight ran hip-hop’s Death Row Records, whose stable of artists included Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur, and also kept a number of Bloods gang members on his payroll. The family of rival East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. has accused Knight of being involved in B.I.G.’s fatal drive-by shooting. The label head spent five years in prison for a gang-related attack in Las Vegas in 1996.
Knight is recovering in a Miami hospital. There are currently no leads in the investigation into his shooting.