Suge Knight left an L.A. hospital early Wednesday ... just 3 days after taking SIX gunshots to the gut at a pre-VMA party -- and he's healing amazingly well.
Suge's rep tells TMZ ... the music mogul left Cedars-Sinai around 6 AM, and doctors say he won't need any rehab -- just a few follow up visits.
As we previously reported ... Suge got blasted Saturday night at 1Oak nightclub at a Chris Brown hosted event -- but he's refusing to cooperate with the police investigation.
We're told Suge is already back on a regular diet, and if he keeps his bandages clean ... he'll be good to go.
Only Suge makes getting shot look like it's no big deal.
Suge's College FB Coach
He Wasn't Gangsta At UNLV
8/27/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight hasn't always been the hardest man in the world -- we didn't say that by the way -- his college football coach Wayne Nunnely did ... telling TMZ Sports Knight was the total "opposite" of a thug at UNLV.
FYI -- Knight was a defensive end for the Running Rebels in 1985 and '86 -- and Coach Nunnely (the man in charge at the time) tells us the Suge he knew was less gangsta and more good guy.
"Imagine the total opposite of the guy you know now, that was Suge."
Nunnely, who went on to coach in the pros as an assistant with the Saints, Chargers and Broncos says Knight changed his image in a BIG WAY after he left Las Vegas.
"Helluva player, one of the most respectful, hard working guys I ever had. One of our leaders, I don't know what happened when he put his pads down."
Suge, who's refused to work with law enforcement in identifying the individual who shot him SIX times this past weekend, definitely has the support of his former coach in his recovery
"Hopefully he makes it back, I'm praying for him."
Might wanna throw a prayer out there for whoever shot him too. We're just sayin' ...
I Ain't No Snitch
Not Talking to Cops
8/26/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight is NOT talking to cops about the 6 bullets that penetrated his body ... refusing to drop a dime on anyone.
Sources close to Suge tell us ... the wounded mogul is fully conscious, although on several occasions police were turned away on false info -- that he was supposedly sedated.
But during one visit cops were actually allowed to see Suge. A source tells us when they asked about the shooting ... Suge acted disoriented, asking, "I was shot?"
We're also told witness cooperation has been minimal. If no one steps forward it will be tough to identify who pulled the trigger ... even though the gunman is on surveillance video at 1Oak.
Suge Was Not the Target
In Pre-VMA Shooting
8/26/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katt Williams says he was with Suge Knight when he was shot at the pre-VMA party ... and the comedian maintains Suge was trying to protect someone else when the bullets started flying.
Our photog spotted Katt out in Malibu Monday, where he broke down the shooting of his friend Suge, like this:
-- Suge was not the intended victim and he was merely trying to save someone else ... possibly Chris Brown?
-- Suge's shooting was NOT gang-related because ... has there ever been a gang-related shooting where the other side didn't shoot back?
As for who pulled the trigger, Katt uncorked a rant about "nobody" shooting Suge ... theorizing the shooter might never be caught just like MLK Jr. and Malcolm X's assassins -- which makes zero sense since their killers were tried and convicted.
That aside, watch the clip ... Katt makes more solid points than not.
Parading Around with Riff Raff
The Ultimate Dark Horse
8/26/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
No one believed Riff Raff when he told us he was hooking up with Katy Perry -- but when they showed up at the VMAs together … in matching outfits … we started to reconsider.
And then we came to our senses and realized there's NO WAY this could possibly be more than a publicity stunt!!! Right?
VMA Party Gunman
Caught on Tape
But No One's Talkin'
8/25/2014 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The man who shot Suge Knight and 2 others at a pre-VMA party early Sunday is on tape clear as Knight -- problem is ... so far the eyewitnesses are clamming up.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 1Oak has a sophisticated surveillance system that covers almost the entire club, and at least one of the cameras clearly shows the gunman firing the shots. We're told the shooter's facial features are clear enough to make out.
As TMZ first reported ... cops are zeroing in on gang rivalry as a motive. Suge and Chris Brown -- who were inside the club -- make no secret of their Bloods affiliation. The Game -- who was denied entry -- also wears his Bloods affiliation on his sleeve.
We're told none of the witnesses want to be the person who fingers the gunman -- for obvious reasons.
We're told cops still have others to interview -- including Suge, who is currently sedated.
If all else fails, authorities may release the video so someone in the public can come forward -- almost certainly anonymously.
BS No Time to Zip
Wardrobe Malfunction STAGED
8/25/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj CLAIMS her dress was unzipped during her performance at the VMAs because she didn't have enough time to get ready ... but that's BS -- she pulled the same stunt during rehearsals.
Eyewitnesses who watched Nicki's rehearsal Sunday morning tell TMZ ... she walked on stage wearing the same dress -- unzipped. One eyewitness says it caught her eye because she initially thought Nicki had come out in a robe.
We're told Nicki was wrapping her arms around the dress in a "weird" sort of way ... trying to manipulate it to see how much would be exposed.
And we're told ... the VMAs created a make-shift dressing room right off stage -- draped with black sheets -- so she would have enough time to change.
Whatever, it worked ... everyone's talking about it.
I Missed My Snake
During VMA Performance
8/25/2014 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj delivered a killer performance Sunday night at the VMAs, but she says it would have been better if she'd had a live snake on stage with her as planned ... ya know, before it bit someone.
TMZ broke the story ... a 6-foot long Anaconda bit a dancer during Nicki's run-through of "Anaconda." She had the snake with her at the Forum Sunday, but MTV opted against using it.
When our photog spotted Nicki leaving Republic Records' VMA party at Project nightclub after the show ... she said the bit dancer was actually up on stage with her. She seems upset her snake wasn't there too.
Bet that dancer isn't.
VMA Party Shooting
Hot Model Hit
'My Ass Took A 9mm' Bullet!!!
8/25/2014 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fashion model Megan Hawkins just earned her street cred ... but it may hamper her career ... she took a bullet apparently meant for Suge Knight at Chris Brown's VMA party ... and took it in the butt.
The 5'11" blonde-haired, blue-eyed model posted photos -- showing her in a hospital bed and using a walker to get around -- with the comment, "my ass took a 9mm and I'm keeping it as a souvenir."
Megan -- who's just 19 -- was one of 3 people shot inside 1Oak nightclub early Sunday morning.
Here's an unspoiled view of Megan pre-wound. Enjoy.
See, I Told You I Was
Dating Katy Perry!
8/25/2014 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Riff Raff tried telling us he was dating Katy Perry months ago and we didn't believe him ... but Sunday night, the two looked like quite the couple -- the key word being ... LOOKED.
Following the VMAs, our photog spotted the happy couple leaving Mastro's wearing matching denim outfits. They were both clearly tipsy and joked about picking baby names.
But when you see the car door close ... and Katy's hand press against the window -- this all starts to look like they're both trying way too hard. It's not that we don't want RR to land a chick like Katy ... it's just that their gushing stinks of a publicity stunt.
Back in March, Riff Raff told us he and Katy were a thing, but check out the other girl in the video ... we assumed he was just kidding. Based on last night's video, we were probably right.
JLo & Casper
Not Ready for Primetime
8/25/2014 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart insist they're not back together, and Sunday night at the VMAs ... they went through great lengths to show they aren't ... which totally means they are.
As TMZ first reported, despite being photographed together last week ... her people swear they're leading separate lives and just friends.
So J.Lo and Casper walked the VMA red carpet separately, sat separately at the VMAs (except for a quick reunion for candy) and each showed up at Mastro's following the show ... but left separately.
Where there's smoke ...
Moments After Bullets Tore Through His Body
8/24/2014 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained video showing Suge Knight shortly after he was hit by 6 bullets ... and he's surrounded by cops with their guns drawn.
In the video ... Suge can be seen on his knees, crouched behind a white Bentley parked outside 1Oak nightclub ... and appears to be in distress -- although the gunshot wounds are not obvious.
Witnesses tell us he sought protection behind the car as other people fled the club ... where Chris Brown had been hosting a VMA party.
Sources connected to Knight's family tell us ... Suge took 6 bullets -- 1 in the arm and 5 in the stomach. Doctors recovered 3 of the bullets ... we're told the other 3 went straight through his body.
J.Lo's Secret Sugar Daddy
... At MTV VMAs
8/24/2014 8:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart REUNITED at the MTV VMAs ... if only for a quick second ... when the dancer made J.Lo an offer she couldn't refuse -- Skittles.
Despite the fact they were sitting in different sections, Casper made his way over to Jennifer's section during a commercial break with a sugary peace offering ... and the whole thing was captured on the VMA livestream.
As we previously reported, the two were spotted out together earlier this week -- despite the fact they recently broke up.
Signs of a reconciliation ... or did Casper just get played for some Skittles?