Suge Knight Arrested For 'Suspicion Of Murder' After Fatal Hit-And-Run
Suge Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, turned himself into the Los Angeles Police Department early this morning after a fatally striking a man with a car on a film set in Compton yesterday.
TMZ had reported, "Multiple witnesses tell us a movie shoot -- involving Ice Cube and Dr. Dre -- was going down when Suge pulled up in his car. We're told security told Suge to leave and that's when trouble began. A fight broke out between Suge and two men. Suge got back into his car, took the wheel and threw the vehicle in reverse ... and ran over a man who suffered fatal injuries....The victim is Terry Carter, who we're told is a friend of Suge's who arrived with him at the scene. Our sources say Carter was in the process of walking to the passenger door of Suge's vehicle, but happened to be in the rear when Suge gunned it."
Another man suffered injuries. Later, TMZ said, "Cops just had a press conference ... and say there were 2 fights, the second resulting in the fatality. They said the first fight went down on the movie set -- and the second at a nearby burger joint. Cops said witnesses claim the car backed up and ran over the victim twice before fleeing."
According to the LA Times, "Directed by F. Gary Gray, 'Straight Outta Compton' tells the story of N.W.A., a pioneering rap group made of up Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube, and later, MC Ren. Modern-day rappers credit the group with making rap mainstream and inspiring many of today's top artists. Knight's affiliation with the production of the movie, if any, is unclear."
Knight's attorney told the AP, "We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated."
Knight was shot 6 times last summer at Chris Brown's pre-VMAs party. His history precedes him: Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield believes that Knight (and the LAPD) planed the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
When Carson Daly interviewed Knight in 2002, he asked if the hip-hop impresario was worried about being killed. Knight responded, "I never got nervous. One of the things, you gotta realize one thing. One, if you have god in your life, you know your enemies and you know yourself. What you got to worry about? I don’t have no enemies anymore."
UPDATE 9:50 a.m.: Knight was fleeing when he allegedly ran over two people, his attorney James Blatt told the Los Angeles Times. A group of people were "attempting to drag him outside of the vehicle when he made an effort to escape...in fear for his life."