Police have issued a warrant for G-Unit’s Young Buck in connection with the Monday night stabbing at the Vibe Awards, held in a Santa Monica, California, airport hangar. Twenty-six-year-old Jimmy James Johnson, the man who instigated a sizeable brawl by throwing a punch at Dr. Dre, suffered a serious stab wound to the upper body and is currently in stable condition at a local hospital.
“A video of the incident revealed that three males were in the immediate area of this melee and were seen to be holding knives,” reads a statement from the Santa Monica police. “One of these individuals was identified as rap entertainer David Darnell Brown, a.k.a. ‘Young Buck.’ Brown is seen with a knife in hand and attempting to reach Johnson. At one point, Brown is seen lunging over another male and swinging the knife at Johnson’s upper body while Johnson is looking away from him. Brown is clearly depicted as holding the knife after the assault and is one of a number of fight participants who is pepper sprayed by officers attempting to stop the unlawful assaults.”
Young Buck’s record includes several arrests in his hometown of Nashville. He is currently accused of assault with a deadly weapon and police are asking him to turn himself in.
Police say the brawl began when Johnson approached Dre under the pretense of asking for an autograph and then punched him. Johnson was stabbed after being subdued by Dre’s bodyguards and other men quickly joined the fracas, which delayed the taping of the show for five minutes.
Young Buck’s G-Unit collective (which also features 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks) won Best Group at the awards. In August, the rapper released his own debut album, Straight Outta Cashville, which debuted at Number Three.