Cops are focusing on beef between gang members that triggered the nightclub shooting that landed Suge Knight in an ICU with multiple bullet wounds ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
We're told cops are interested in a common denominator with Chris Brown, Suge and Game -- Bloods affiliation.
Eyewitnesses tell us Brown was throwing up gang signs before the shooting inside 1OAK early Sunday and he was performing with a red bandana -- the Bloods' moniker.
Game -- who got in a fight outside 1OAK before the shooting because they wouldn't let him in -- is a known and proud member of the Bloods. His album is called Blood Money.
As for Suge ... one of the most notorious things about him is his Bloods affiliation.
And we know ... cops are interested in this -- there were several known gang bangers surrounding Chris at the time of the shooting.
This could all be problematic for Brown .... He's still on probation in the Rihanna beating case, and hanging with gang members and throwing gang signs is not going to impress the judge.
SHOT Multiple Times
After VMA Party turns Violent
8/24/2014 2:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:45 AM PT -- Suge is out of surgery … according to family sources. We're told Suge was shot 6 times. He's currently in ICU, but is expected to recover.
Shots rang out at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood at around 1:30 AM Sunday ... and Suge Knight was shot twice and taken to the hospital by ambulance where he was rushed into surgery ... eyewitnesses and Suge's family tell TMZ.
A source close to Suge tells us ... he was shot in the stomach and arm and apparently in other places as well.
Tyson Beckford, Robert Ri'chard and Apple de Ap all tell TMZ ... they were inside the pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown when they heard 4 shots ring out inside the club.
Suge walked out on his own power ... a cop spotted him and walked the rap mogul to the police car where Suge sat. Suge was then put in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.
We do not know the seriousness of Suge's injuries. Multiple sources now tell us Suge was one of 3 people who were shot. At least 1 is in critical condition. Sheriff's deputies had guns drawn as clubgoers exited with their hands in the air right after the shooting.
The night started with tension. An hour-and-a-half before the shots, Game came to the club and he and his buddies got into an altercation with security guards ... there was a full-on fight. Game tried to get in, was denied and left, but his buddies stayed behind. We do not know if they were involved in the altercation.
MTV wanted to make it clear ... it wasn't their party ... it's was Chris Brown's.
Chris Brown & Justin Bieber
Partying Together Before Shooting
8/24/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is batting 1 for 2 ... he hosted a party hours before the 1OAK bullet fest and no one got shot.
Chris, Justin Bieber and other celebs were celebrating VMA weekend at an L.A. mansion. As far as we can see Suge Knight wasn't there.
Likewise ... there's no evidence Justin was at 1OAK when shots were fired later in the evening.
Bieber was too cool for school at the mansion ... sporting a brown fedora and shades. He hung with Chris and his crew for much of the time.
Anaconda Bites Dancer
During VMA Rehearsal
8/22/2014 6:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A 6-foot long snake -- believed to be an anaconda -- just bit a dancer during a VMA run-through for Sunday's show ... TMZ has learned.
Nicki Minaj was on stage performing her hit, "Anaconda" when a female dancer was bit by the reptile in front of everyone.
We're told the dancer has just been taken to the hospital where she's being treated.
Anacondas are non-venomous snakes but often transmit bacteria that can lead to serious infections.
The snake was removed from the stage in a container.
It's unclear if the show will 86 the snake for the live telecast.
Jake T. Austin
'Fosters' Star Goes Full Lohan
At Teen Choice Awards
8/19/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was shades of Lindsay Lohan at the Teen Choice Awards last weekend when a former Disney star went ballistic backstage ... even throwing a projectile at a staffer ... TMZ has learned.
The culprit is Jake T. Austin -- who, according to multiple sources, tried to hit up the Candies gifting suite backstage when he was turned away by a worker who didn't recognize the "Fosters" actor.
Multiple witnesses tell us ... Jake pulled a full "Don't you know who I am?" ... screaming at the employee, "I'm a presenter. Who the f**k are you?!"
We're told Austin got so heated, he picked up an empty shoe box and fired it at the female staffer's chest.
Jake eventually stormed off ... only to return to the gifting suite an hour later with his mom by his side -- and despite having parental supervision, he continued to talk more smack to the suite worker.
It's just another Lohan-esque moment for the former Disney actor -- who was busted for DUI last October and then destroyed the same car in a 4-car pileup just a month later.
We reached out to Austin for comment -- so far, no word back.
Wins Italian Acting Award.
7/17/2014 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan doesn't hear the words, "and the award goes to ..." very often ... she heard it Tuesday ... when she took home a trophy at a film festival in Italy. We kid you not.
Lindsay was honored with the Biggest Comeback Award at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. She even showed up to collect her hardware and make a brief acceptance speech -- 'cuz you never know if that opportunity's ever gonna come around again.
We're not exactly sure what comeback they're talking about ... her recent acting work has been limited to TV ... and her last film was "The Canyons" -- which grossed $56K.
HITS BACK AT FASHION HATERS
... Over Green ESPY Jacket
7/17/2014 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
They called him the "Jolly Green Giant" ... "Gumby" ... and "Walking Pool Table Material" ... but Kevin Durant had a message for everyone who hated on his ESPY fashion last night ... and TMZ Sports has the video.The NBA MVP had swapped out his green jacket for a more casual look when he hit up 1Oak in Hollywood after the awards show -- and told us how he felt about the hate that was directed his way on social media.
The man makes a solid point -- but still, he did sorta look like his outfit was designed by Will Ferrell from "Elf."
HARDCORE SAND DUNE WORKOUT
7/17/2014 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Maria Sharapova is such a badass ... she hit the sand dunes BEFORE the ESPYs to sneak in a killer workout ... and we've got the pics.
The tennis superstar was out in Manhattan Beach where she ran up the sandy hills for about an hour ... showing off her killer abs in the process.
A short time later, Sharapova swapped out the gym clothes for a fancy dress and went to the award show -- where she towered over her co-presenter Floyd Mayweather in a pretty hilarious segment.
Inside Rager at Mega-Mansion
7/17/2014 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Drake threw a party after the ESPYs ... with a ton of celebs who drank and ate at one of the most outrageous estate's in L.A.
Mack Maine, Jessica Alba, Blake Griffin, Johnny Manziel, Colin Kaepernick and others partied at the home of Mohamed Hadid ... an L.A. real estate mogul who was once married to Yolanda Foster from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
It's a 50+ million dollar compound that sits on more than 2 acres. The main house -- where Drake threw the party -- is 48,000 square feet.
It's no Versailles ... but close.
Chris Brown & Drake
ESPYs Skit Cuts Deep, Mocks Their Violent Beef
7/16/2014 9:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown and Drake killed it with a comedic sketch at the ESPYs -- which is way better than when they were ACTUALLY trying to kill each other.
It went down like we called it -- after a long setup to establish the Breezy/Drizzy's beef … Drake ends up on an operating table where "Dr." Blake Griffin appears to be performing surgery … that is until Brown menacingly pops up with surgical tools ready to do the work.
Afterward ... Griffin and Brown were live on stage, where Chris introduced himself as, "America's Sweetheart."
The crowd loved it -- even though Chris mocking his violent streak is a high-risk move on the eve of his D.C. assault trial … but hey, at least he left Rihanna out of it.
Takes a Shot
Falling Down Drunk
7/1/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is now privately admitting he was falling-down drunk after the BET awards Sunday ... but says it's not because he drank to excess -- it's because he can't hold his liquor.
We posted the video first thing Monday morning ... showing an absolutely obliterated CB being carried out of Playhouse in Hollywood.
Chris is saying ... he hadn't had a drink in 6 months -- mostly because he was either in rehab or jail. Chris says he was goaded at Playhouse into drinking ... by famous folk like Lil Wayne, Tyga and Soulja Boy. They wanted him to celebrate his triumphant return on the BET stage by doing shots.
Chris admits to having the proverbial "several" shots, but that was all she wrote.
Check out the video of Chris at the DJ booth at Playhouse. He's feelin' good, and standing upright ... kinda.
Ex-Color Me Badd Singer
BET Gig Sounded Awful
7/1/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-Color Me Badd lead singer Bryan Abrams was less than impressed by the band's BET Awards gig Sunday night.
Bryan was not-so diplomatic, saying "I'm not trying to hate on them, but I thought it sounded kinda horrible."
As for why Abrams wasn't there ... he says he parted ways with CMB last year to focus on his sobriety ... checking into a treatment center for alcohol related issues. He was there 6 months.
Now he's sober and brutally honest.
Ooooh oooh oooh ooh.
of BET Awards After-Party
6/30/2014 5:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown's hos ain't loyal, but his bros sure are ... 'cause they straight up carried him out of a Hollywood club and into the waiting ride of Karrueche Tran.
Brown was leaving Playhouse in the wee hours of Monday morning, but not under his own power. Brown's arms were squarely wrapped around the shoulders of two guys ... while a few other people cleared the way.
Tran -- Chris' on-again/off-again girlfriend -- was waiting in a sick orange Lambo ... ready to whisk CB away. No doubt he napped the whole ride.
Brown performed at the BET Awards earlier in the evening -- his first show since getting out of jail.
As TMZ previously reported, Brown emerged from jail earlier this month pledging he would change his partying ways and never go back behind bars. So much for that.