Suge Knight was released from the hospital Wednesday as cops pursued several “people of interest” in the nightclub shooting that left him riddled with bullets, sources told the Daily News. “He went straight home and is going to heal up in a few days and be stronger than ever,” friend Keith Middlebrook told The News Wednesday.
Middlebrook said Knight is working with him as a consultant on “Don Makaveli,” a Tupac Shakur biopic that Middlebrook wrote and is trying to produce. “I talked to him today. He’s tough,” Middlebrook said. “When he was shot, he walked out of the building. He’s a pretty tough cat.”
Cops, meanwhile, were looking for several “people of interest” whose names or street monikers came from tips or witness interviews, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Corina said. He said investigators were “talking to and looking at” some individuals affiliated with the rival Bloods and Crips street gangs and others with no gang ties.
He said his department had received no credible evidence that the bold Sunday morning attack inside the 1Oak nightclub in West Hollywood was related to an alleged bounty on Knight’s head stemming from the 1997 murder of New York rapper Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace.
“We’ve heard nothing about that, no connection to that,” Corina said. No criminal charges were ever filed in the Wallace case, but the singer’s mom sued the Los Angeles Police Department claiming a dirty cop helped carry out the drive-by murder at the behest of Knight. Knight, 49, has denied ordering the Wallace hit as revenge for the murder of his Death Row Records superstar Tupac Shakur six months earlier.
Corina said investigators were still reviewing hours of surveillance video from several cameras inside 1Oak. “We have no doubt Suge Knight was the target,” he said, batting down a claim from comedian Katt Williams to TMZ.com that Knight stepped into harm’s way to protect someone else.
Corina said hospital officials reported that Knight suffered six gunshot wounds, but it’s not yet clear how many bullets he took because one shot could cause multiple, “through and through” wounds. He said deputies also planned to try for another interview with Knight Wednesday after the mammoth music mogul had a “hard” time answering questions during a prior hospital visit due to sedation.
“We doubt he’s going to tell us anything,” one law enforcement source told The News. “That’s typical in cases like this.”
Former Death Row Record CEO Suge Knight was reportedly shot multiple times early Sunday morning at West Hollywood stripclub 1 Oak. “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, “ said Deputy Jeff Gordon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The police confirmed two other victims, a 32-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman. Authorities said the shooting occurred after 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The club was hosting a release party for Chris Brown’s new album.
There has been no confirmation of how many shots were fired. Sources close to Knight’s family told TMZ that he was shot once in the arm and five times in the stomach. Doctors recovered three of the bullets, while the other three went straight through.
After being shot, Knight was able to exit the club and take cover behind a car parked outside the club as cops surrounded him with their guns drawn. Knight was later escorted to an ambulance and taken to the ICU to undergo surgery for non-life threatening wounds.