Suge Knight Plays Down New Shooting

05/29/2003 2:29PM

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight is playing down a shooting in which an unidentified assailant fired several bullets into the Los Angeles headquarters of his music label on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

While no one was injured in the spray of bullets, there was damage to the headquarters' front door, windows and walls, AP reports.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that the shooting was a drive-by, and they believe the attack was most likely perpetrated by street-gang members who have issues with Knight and/or his associates.

Knight, 37, however, denies the police theory. In a news release issued after the shooting, he said some of the label's artists have "a lot of girls flocking to them at the studio and at the clubs," and he believes the shooting was "probably committed by a jealous boyfriend or a jealous husband."

The incident occurs as authorities are investigating a series of violent rap-industry-related episodes on both coasts. The L.A. Times -- citing an intense rivalry between the Mob Pirus Blood gang and two other factions of the group -- reports that at least two of Knight's close associates have been rubbed out in recent years.

Earlier this year, Knight wrapped up a 61-day jail sentence after a California state prison board found he had violated his parole. The violation was for associating with a known member of the Mob Pirus Blood gang. As part of his sentence he was ordered to serve 200 hours of anti-gang community service.

Late last year, police raided Knight's offices and several of his homes, reportedly in search of evidence related to two gang slayings. Only Knight's associates were implicated in the crimes.

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