A fatal shooting and a separate stabbing at unsanctioned parties celebrating Sunday’s BET Awards cast a shadow over the event, where top superstars like Lil Wayne, Chris Rock and others were set to mark the best in black entertainment.
One person was killed and five injured in two separate incidents ahead of the show at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles police said. The events were “unauthorized and unaffiliated with the BET Awards,” BET said in a statement.
“The network and all organizers will continue to maintain a safe environment for all planned activities,” the statement said.
The death and four of the injuries followed gunfire early Sunday at a restaurant, Officer Drake Madison said. Separately, a man was stabbed in the stomach Saturday night at a nightclub.
The violence could change the mood at the ceremony.
TMZ Reports: The incident occurred at around 2:30 AM PT Monday at Supper Club. Someone fired a shot outside the club. One eyewitness tells TMZ the shooter was aiming at the Game’s car … although that does not appear to be the case. Another witness says the shot was fired in the air.
We’re told no one was hit.
A witness says the man in the white T-shirt had a gun in his right hand at the time of the shooting and was running from the area where shots were fired.
A number of rappers were inside the club following the BET awards, including Game, Meek Mill, T-Pain, and Busta Rhymes.
The shooter got away and cops are on the hunt. TMZ has obtained video of the shooter, but you do not see his full body.