Authorities say there was no altercation prior to a gunman shooting rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub early Sunday.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said the shooting was "a crime of opportunity" and that investigators were reviewing video surveillance to identify the gunman.
Law enforcement sources said a preliminary investigation suggests Sunday's shooting is connected to gang rivalry and Knight's long-standing connections with Compton's Bloods gang.
The shooting sent club-goers screaming as they spilled out into the streets with their hands in the air. Sheriff's deputies descended on the club about 1:30 a.m., but the gunman was able to escape as the large crowd flooded Sunset Boulevard.
A witness told The Times that when the shooting occurred, he first thought it was part of the show at the club.
Knight's family on Sunday called for prayers for the mogul.