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Suge Knight 'intended target' at Chris Brown's pre-VMA bash

SHOT: Suge Knight

MUSIC MOGUL Suge Knight was the intended target in a shootout at R&B star Chris Brown's album release party in LA, new footage has revealed.

Knight, 49, was shot six times - five in the stomach and chest and once in the arm - at a bash hosted by the Loyal singer at 1Oak in West Hollywood in the early hours of Sunday morning (Aug 24).

Two others, including 19-year-old model Megan Hawkins, were shot at the pre-VMA party and all three were rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

"Video shows the suspect with a handgun firing at Knight [and] striking the two other victims who were in his vicinity," Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina told CBSLA.

After firing, the suspect started running for the exits alongside partygoers.

Corina added that he did not know if the two other victims, Hawkins and a 33-year-old man, were targeted. All three victims were expected to recover, authorities said.

Roads around the nightclub were immediately sealed off by police, as the nightclub was evacuated, with several partygoers detained for questioning.

Yesterday (Aug 25), Knight's family issued a statement which read: "The family of Suge Knight asks that you keep Suge in your prayers and to stray away from the negativity portrayed by the media.

"Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood, he's human. He's done a lot of things for the community and the culture as a whole so we ask that you respect that."

Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records with Dr. Dre and the rapper The D.O.C., is no stranger to the effects of gun violence.

His friend Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

Knight also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg during a shooting at a 2005 pre-VMA party, hosted by rapper Kanye West.

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