Man Shot Dead Backstage During Wiz Khalifa Concert in California

Wiz Khalifa: Man Shot Dead at Rapper's Concert in California
Wiz Khalifa performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California
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08/23/2014 12:50PM

A man was gunned down Friday night as rap star Wiz Khalifa was performing at a concert in Mountain View, California.

Local police confirmed to PEOPLE that the shooting occurred around 11 p.m. backstage at Shoreline Amphitheater, where Khalifa, 26, headlined a sold-out show for about 22,000 people.

Mountain View Police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka said authorities received multiple calls about the incident and that a 38-year-old man was transported to a local hospital, where he later died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police are investigating the incident and have not released the victim's identity. A source told TMZ that the victim was shot five times. The shooter remains at large.

Tanaka described the shooting suspect as a black male in his mid-20s with short hair, between 5'6" and 5'8" tall, and who was believed to be wearing all black, white pants and a red baseball cap. Police are also asking witnesses who may have video or photos of the backstage area to come forward.

Khalifa is currently on a national tour alongside Young Jeezy. He is nominated for best hip-hop video at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards for "We Dem Boyz."

The rapper released a statement on Twitter calling the incident "a senseless tragedy."

"Violence is never the answer," he added. "My prayers go out to the victim's family."



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