Chris Brown ‘target’ of nightclub shooting

Chris Brown was apparently the intended target of a nightclub shooting in Hollywood overnight.

The 25-year-old singer was hosting a pre-MTV VMA party at 1Oak nightclub in West Hollywood when the shooting happened.

According to TMZ, shots were heard about 1.30am on Sunday (NZT 8.30pm Sunday), with Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, 49, shot several times. Witnesses have now speculated on Twitter that it seemed the shots were meant for Brown.

“Early stages of the investigation indicated that the person known as ‘Suge’ Knight has been identified as one of several victims of this shooting that occurred in West Hollywood,” Deputy Jeff Gordon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sources said Knight was apparently shot at six times during the incident, with the two hits to his stomach and arm and potentially other body parts. It’s thought the founder-and-chief executive of Black Kapital Records managed to walk out of the club by himself, before being spotted by police, who guided him to an ambulance.

Gordon confirmed two other victims: a man, 32, and a woman, 19.

Brown was not hit. Knight remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, TMZ reported.

The shooting came just hours before MTV’s Video Music Awards, which are slated for Sunday evening (Monday, midday NZ time) in Inglewood.