- Music mogul, 49, was attacked nine days ago at party in an LA nightclub
- Suge Knight shot five times in torso and once in the arm during attack
- Has now revealed photos of his damaged torso, including surgical wound
- Doctors were forced to operate on musician to check for organ damage
Suge Knight has released graphic photos of his injured torso following an attack at a VMA pre-party in which he was shot six times.
In one of the pictures five bullets holes can be seen in the rapper’s back along with a large surgical wound where doctors opened him up to check for organ damage.
In another picture the sixth wound, on the 49-year-old’s arm near his tattoo commemorating Tupac, is visible after being stuffed with gauze.
Fortunately surgeons say none of his organs were harmed during the assault, according to TMZ.
Knight returned home from hospital on Wednesday as reports surfaced that investigators are looking at several ‘people of interest’ whose names or street monikers had come up in interviews, the New York Daily News reported.
The images were released a week after investigators said footage taken inside the LA nightclub where the attack took place shows Knight was targeted by the gunman.
Knight, 49, was shot at an album release party hosted by Chris Brown at 1Oak in West Hollywood in the early hours of Sunday.
Two others, including 19-year-old model Megan Hawkins, were shot at the pre-VMA party and all three were rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
‘Video shows the suspect with a handgun firing at Knight [and] striking the two other victims who were in his vicinity,’ Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told CBSLA.
After firing, the suspect started running for the exits alongside partygoers.
Corina added that he did not know if the two other victims, Hawkins and a 33-year-old man, were targeted. All three victims were expected to recover, authorities said.
Other video taken outside the club apparent show the music producer being led to a waiting police car by an armed officer as an ambulance arrives at the scene.
Sources claim he calmly walked outside and asked a cop for help before he was rushed to hospital.
Roads around the nightclub were immediately sealed off by police, as the nightclub was evacuated, with several partygoers detained for questioning.
On Monday, Knight’s family issued a statement which read: ‘The family of Suge Knight asks that you keep Suge in your prayers and to stray away from the negativity portrayed by the media.
‘Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood, he’s human. He’s done a lot of things for the community and the culture as a whole so we ask that you respect that.’
Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records with Dr. Dre and the rapper The D.O.C., is no stranger to the effects of gun violence.
His friend Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996 – although during a previous visit to 1OAK, Knight told reporters that no one had ever been charged with Shakur’s murder because he wasn’t really dead, and was instead living on an island.
Knight also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg during a shooting at a 2005 pre-VMA party, hosted by rapper Kanye West.
In the moments after the gunfire, Brown was seen climbing onto a bar in the nightclub, apparently angrily remonstrating with other clubgoers as a bouncer told them to ‘Get down’.
At around 5:45 a.m. LA time, Brown tweeted about the incident.
‘It’s disappointing that we as a society can#t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bullsh*t!!!’ he tweeted.
The Los Angeles branch of 1OAK – which stands for One Of A Kind – is a spin off of the New York club, while there are further branches in Las Vegas and Mexico City.
The club, which bills itself as ‘Bringing a New York nightclub experience to Los Angeles’ has been open on the famous Sunset Strip since the start of the year and has proved popular with many celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna.