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'Suge' Knight Shot at Club as Chris Brown Hosts VMA Party

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In this file photo, Marion 'Suge' Knight is seen in a booking photo February 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 06:27 AM

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was shot several times early Sunday morning at a packed nightclub where R&B singer Chris Brown was co-hosting a party with Pia Mia before MTV's Video Music Awards.

The Associated Press reported a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant as saying the Death Row Records founder was expected to survive.

Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. at 1OAK on West Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, said Sgt. C. Tatar, watch commander at the Los Angeles County sheriff's West Hollywood station.

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Two other victims, a man and a woman, were also being treated at local hospitals and were expected to survive.

Authorities are still seeking a suspect and declined to release additional information, citing the ongoing investigation.

MTV said it had no affiliation or connection to the event.

Representatives for Brown and the party did not return a call for comment. Calls to the club rang unanswered.

Laura Coverson, a spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said she could not confirm reports that Knight was being treated there due to strict medical privacy laws.

Knight has been shot before. In 2005, he was struck in the leg during an MTV awards pre-party in Miami Beach.

Knight's genius for poaching up-and-coming talent helped him land and make megastars out of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre and shifted the center of the rap universe to the West Coast the 1990s.

Knight formed a separate artist management company before co-founding Death Row Records in 1991 with Dr. Dre, who had broken with popular Compton rap group N.W.A.

Dr. Dre's solo debut album, "The Chronic," became one of the most profitable and influential rap albums of the 1990s. It also made a star of Dr. Dre's underling, Snoop Dogg, whose debut album "Doggystyle" was also widely popular.

Knight, however, has been in and out of jail over the past two decades due to parole violations and physical attacks relating to a "rap war" he fueled with East Coast artists.

Financial troubles also eventually lead to Death Row Records filing for bankruptcy.

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Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was shot several times early Sunday morning at a packed nightclub where R&B singer Chris Brown was co-hosting a party with Pia Mia before MTV's Video Music Awards.
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