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Ice Cube Shots Fired Before Concert at Del Mar Fairgrounds: Report

9/2/2018 7:34 PM PDT
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10:11 PM PT -- Cops say the suspect showed up at the track and went to will call for tickets. When he was told there were no tickets remaining for the show an argument followed and he fired several shots into the crowd. Officers responded and returned fire, the suspect was transported to a local hospital, cops say his condition is unknown and no one else was injured. A shooting reportedly occurred Sunday in Del Mar, CA during the final lap of a horse race ... and shortly before Ice Cube was set to take the stage there.

According to local reports, police were called to the Del Mar Fairgrounds where shots rang out and caused a panic. The initial shots appeared to go off near the venue's racetrack, where TVG announcers covering a race screamed out "gunfire" live on air.

The shooting reportedly went down before Cube ever took the stage, and according to CBS8 ... it was an officer-involved shooting. Citing witnesses, the outlet reports that a man who was waiting to get inside for the concert pulled out a gun and fired 3 rounds into the air. He was subdued by nearby officers with a taser at first ... but was then reportedly shot when that didn't stop him. CBS8 says witnesses believed the man to be dead.

We've got calls in to local authorities to confirm the news. 

Del Mar Racetrack says the situation is contained, and Cube's show is moving forward as scheduled.

Story developing ... 

Rae Sremmurd Home Hit by Armed Robbers ... Safe Stolen, 1 Injured

9/2/2018 10:12 AM PDT

Masked gunman stormed into the home where the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd were staying, assaulted a security guard, and made off with a safe ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... 4 armed robbers knocked on the door of the San Fernando Valley home at 4:30 AM Saturday. We're told a security guard answered, got pistol-whipped ... and the crooks entered.

Our sources say the men, wearing ski masks, demanded to be taken to the safe in the house ... stole the entire thing and fled. It's unclear at this time what's inside. Slim Jxmmi was home at the time of the break in, but Swae Lee was not. 

We're told Swae and Jxmmi are staying at the pad, which doubles as a recording studio  Cops are investigating.

The home invasion comes after a busy couple weeks for robbers and thieves in the same areaWiz KhalifaBella ThorneChristina MilianYasiel Puig and John Mayer have all been victims of burglaries or attempted burglaries.

It's been a rough week for Rae Sremmurd ... especially Swae Lee. As we reported, he was hit in the face while on stage at a concert last Sunday when a fan threw her cell phone at him. Swae's mouth was bleeding, and he indicated his tooth got busted. He was unhappy to say the least.

T-Pain Caught with Gun At ATL Airport

8/31/2018 3:32 PM PDT

5:15 PM PT -- According to the Atlanta PD ... T-Pain's bodyguard was detained at the airport when a security checkpoint found a firearm in his backpack. He and the rapper were relocated to the Atlanta Police Airport Precinct to continue the investigation, where it was determined T-Pain was the rightful owner of the gun his bodyguard was carrying ... and he provided a valid permit to carry.

The gun was returned to the rapper, both men were released, and no charges were filed. However, we're told an investigation is ongoing to determine if the bodyguard will face charges for possession of a weapon at a TSA checkpoint.

T-Pain's carry-on luggage didn't make it onto the plane, because security agents found a gun in it ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the rapper's bag was flagged during a main checkpoint screening at the Atlanta airport Friday, and when TSA agents inspected it, they found a loaded Smith & Wesson .380 inside.

We're told cops were called ... removed the weapon, and took T-Pain aside for further investigation. It's unclear at this time if the rapper was arrested ... but he seemed to address the incident as it was happening on his social media.

Pain tweeted, "Might be a tad bit late today. Things at the Atlanta airport are getting........... eventful. @ Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport."

He also shared a photo on Instagram with a similar caption, suggesting he was having a gun-related issue.

We've reached out to T-Pain ... so far, no word back.

Story developing ...

'ER' Actress Vanessa Marquez Shot and Killed by Cops

8/31/2018 9:39 AM PDT

Actress Vanessa Marquez -- who played Wendy Goldman on "ER" -- was shot and killed by police ... and authorities believe Vanessa had mental issues stemming from an eating disorder.

Vanessa's landlord called South Pasadena police Thursday afternoon, saying he was concerned for the actress. When police arrived she became combative and waved what cops believed was a semi-automatic handgun. Police shot her at least once in the torso.

It turned out she was brandishing a BB gun.

Vanessa was rushed to the hospital where she died.

Authorities say she was suffering from some sort of eating disorder which triggered seizures.  Apparently when police arrived at her apartment she was mid-seizure.

Vanessa was on "ER" from 1994 to 1997. She accused George Clooney of booting her from the show and blacklisting her ... saying she was the victim of racist and sexist comments. Clooney has said he had no idea what she was even talking about.

In addition to "ER," her credits include "Stand and Deliver" and "Twenty Bucks."

She was 49. RIP.  

O.T. Genasis Cops Say Bar Argument Leads To Gun Threat

8/30/2018 7:23 AM PDT

9:17 AM PT -- A source close to O.T. Genasis tells TMZ the dispute was over his ID and another rapper's ID. We're told at no time did any member of his crew pull out a gun or make any threats.

Who needs ID when you've got a gun?

O.T. Genasis rolled deep to The Good Nite bar in the San Fernando Valley early Thursday morning. We're told O.T. and his crew arrived after 1 AM with a bunch of girls, pushed past the bouncer and headed straight to the bar. Things got HEATED when the bartender asked the chicks for ID, and then --- according to cops -- out came the blue steel.

Law enforcement sources and eyewitnesses tell us ... someone in O.T.'s crew pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot up the place. The bartender snapped some pics, and that got the gunman pissed and he tried smashing the phone.

Police were called but, by the time they arrived, O.T. and his boys were gone. Police are investigating what could be a felony -- making criminal threats along with brandishing a weapon.

It's the 2nd time this summer cops have been called on O.T. and co. because of alleged gun threats. 

As we reported ... O.T.'s birthday celebration at a bowling alley was swarmed by police after a reported gun threat.

Seems no matter where O.T. goes, guns likely follow. 

Huge NBA Stars Hit NBA 2K19 Event ... We're Not Afraid!

8/30/2018 6:55 AM PDT
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Ben Simmons, DeMarcus Cousins and Giannis Antetokounmpo were just SOME of the massive NBA stars refusing to be scared away from a video game event in NYC ... in the wake of the Florida tragedy. 

The NBA stars -- along with rapper Travis Scott -- hit up the NBA 2K19 launch event at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in NYC on Wednesday night ... partying the night away while gaming it up. 

The party went down less than a week after a disturbed gamer opened fire at a Madden tournament in Jacksonville, killing 2 people and injuring 11 more. 

Several tournaments have either been canceled or postponed since the shooting -- but the NBA 2K19 event decided to move forward as planned. 

It's a good thing too -- everyone seemed to have a great time without incident. 

Just another reminder ... video games are supposed to be fun. 

NFL's Greg Lloyd Arrested Allegedly Threatened Wife w/ Gun, Denies Allegations

8/30/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Ex-NFL star Greg Lloyd was arrested in Georgia after allegedly pulling a gun on his wife and threatening to shoot her during a domestic dispute, but Greg vehemently denies the allegations.

According to official documents -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- Greg's wife, Stephanie Lloyd, told police ... the ex-Steelers linebacker pointed a gun at her at their home on July 20, and "told me that if I f**k up I'm going to get one."

Stephanie says she managed to get in her car and leave the house -- but Greg called her on the phone and continued making threats.

"Doing stupid sh*t like this is how you end up in the morgue," Greg allegedly said.

Stephanie claims Greg insisted his gun was not loaded -- but she's scared nonetheless.

Stephanie filed for a restraining order against Greg, saying, "I have battled all types of abuse from my husband for years hoping that things would at some point get better ... I do not feel safe anymore."

Stephanie claims Greg "has a history of pointing guns at other people but this is the first time for me."

Court records show Lloyd was convicted of pointing a gun at another person back in the early 2000s. We're working on the details from that case.

53-year-old Lloyd was arrested on July 27, 2018 for felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor pointing a gun at another person, according to official records. He was released 3 days later. 

Court docs also show Stephanie's restraining order was granted -- and Greg has been ordered to stay at least 200 yards away from her until August 2019. 

We spoke with Lloyd, who denies any wrongdoing ... and says he'll let due process take its course.

Lloyd was a stud linebacker back in the '90s -- a 5-time Pro Bowler, 3-time All-Pro and was named to the Steelers' All-Time Team. 

Madden NFL 19 EA Sports Cancels Remaining Qualifiers

8/27/2018 9:03 PM PDT

9:03 PM PT -- EA Sports has made the decision to cancel all 3 remaining Madden NFL 19 tournament qualifying events. A rep for the company tells TMZ, "We have made a decision to cancel our three remaining Madden Classic qualifier events while we run a comprehensive review of safety protocols for competitors and spectators."

The statement continues, "We will work with our partners and our internal teams to establish a consistent level of security al all of our competitive gaming events.The next Madden NFL 19 tournament is going on as scheduled, days after the shooting in Florida, but organizers are making major changes ... TMZ has learned.

Dennis C. Wiltshire -- a rep for FIAD Entertainment Group, which is putting on the EA-sponsored event in Dulles, VA -- tells us, his organization had a knee-jerk reaction after hearing about Sunday's shooting in Jacksonville, FL that left 3 people dead, and many others injured.

He says within minutes, they started scrambling to beef up security for their event which is going down Saturday and Sunday. Wiltshire says their efforts included contacting local law enforcement and their independent security contractors for the event. The Madden tourney will be part of a larger gaming convention called GEXCon.

Wiltshire tells us, in addition to ramped-up security and police officers on site, they've strictly prohibited all guns inside the event. He wouldn't comment on specifics of security screenings, to avoid tipping their hand to the public. BTW ... Virginia's an open carry state.

As we reported ... police say 24-year-old David Katz opened fire Sunday, injuring 11 people and killing 2 others before shooting himself. Audio of the opening shots were broadcast live.

A moment of silence is being planned for the Virginia tournament. Wiltshire says EA has yet to reach out to offer any official guidance on how to proceed.

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WWE Fan Threatens to Shoot Himself ... At 'WWE Raw'

8/27/2018 5:46 PM PDT

6:56 PM PT -- Vince Russo, the former WWE writer who said he reached out to Jason Sensation, has reportedly said he was able to get in touch with Jason, and everything is fine. Russo allegedly claimed Jason told him he was only joking, and was nowhere near the arena. The show has gone on as planned.A WWE fan threatened suicide at a "WWE Raw" event in Toronto after claiming he snuck his gun into the venue ... and vowing to off himself on the air.

The man -- who goes by Jason Sensation online -- tweeted out an ominous message Monday afternoon, saying ... "I got my gun through security & will shoot myself in the head & kill myself during tonight's #RAW in Toronto. Don't ya dare miss it!!! Thanks for the memories @WWE."

Jason has some history with WWE -- he portrayed wrestler Owen Hart during a comedy skit in the late '90s. His Twitter bio also said that he's battling depression. 

Law enforcement sources tell us Toronto PD is aware of Jason's tweet, and is currently looking into the matter. However, we're told no evacuation of the area is currently planned.

Multiple people in the WWE community -- including ex-WWE writer Vince Russo -- have been reaching out to Jason, pleading with him to reconsider and refrain from any potential violence. 

Jason's entire Twitter profile has since been removed.

Young Thug Weapons Bust Cost Me Big Bucks ... But I Look Out for My Crew

8/27/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Young Thug posted bail for his crew when they were arrested for gun possession at a party last week ... and we're told he's footing the bill for their legal fees too.

Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ ... he ponied up the bail money for all 5 of his homies -- $50k for one guy who allegedly had an AK-47 and $35k each for the remaining 4 -- and they were out of jail about 12 hours after their arrest.

We're told Thug had lawyers waiting for all of them at the jail with a bail bondsman after they were busted at his Dave & Buster's album release/birthday party in Hollywood last week.

Our sources say lawyers' fees are $7k up front for each person ... and YT is handling the ever-rising costs for everyone.

We broke the story ... Young Thug was busted by cops after they allegedly found the rapper and members of his crew in possession of multiple weapons. Law enforcement sources told us a crew member ran into a police cruiser as he was leaving, prompting the vehicle search, which uncovered the weapons.

However, sources close to the rapper say everyone was inside the D&B's and all their cars were parked inside when cops stormed in saying everyone in Thug's crew needed to go outside because they were being arrested.

We're also told 2 of Thug's people had carry permits, but they were still arrested and booked for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle ... just like YT and the others.

Madden NFL 19 Shots Fired During Livestream Tournament ... 3 Dead, Suspect Named

8/26/2018 11:44 AM PDT
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4:32 PM PT -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office just said there were 14 total victims and 3 people who were killed, one of them being the suspected shooter ... 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore, who killed himself. Cops say he used one handgun that they know of. Katz was indeed part of the competition, having gone by usernames like RavensChamp and Bread. Announcers from a previous 'Madden' tournament noted him as elusive -- "a man of business" who "keeps to himself." 

3:02 PM PT -- A reporter for the LA Times says a competitor at the tournament tells him the shooter was a gamer there himself, who opened fire after losing. Citing eyewitnesses, the LA Times also says the shooter shot himself dead after his killing spree.

1:36 PM PT --- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office just held a press conference and offered a few more details. They say there has been only one suspect identified -- an anonymous white male for now -- with no other outstanding suspects on the scene. Jacksonville Landing has been cleared -- and an official body count is still outstanding.

A gunman opened fire at a livestream tournament for the game Madden NFL 19 in Jacksonville, Florida -- and audio of the first shots were broadcast live.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed there was an active mass shooting Sunday at Jacksonville Landing -- an outdoor shopping area in downtown -- and warned people to stay away. The tournament was being streamed live on Twitch from the GLHF Game Bar near Chicago Pizza. The opening rounds were captured in the stream. 

WARNING ... the audio here is incredibly graphic, as you can hear people screaming in a panic.

Some local outlets are reporting that multiple victims have been shot and at least 4 people were killed -- although police have not confirmed the exact numbers yet. They have, however, confirmed that there are multiple fatalities ... and multiple others have been transported to a hospital.

The JSO just tweeted that one suspect is dead at the scene, but it is unknown if there's a second suspect. They say a thorough search is being conducted now, and SWAT is finding many people hiding out in locked areas throughout Jacksonville Landing. JSO is urging people to stay put and call 911 so police can come and rescue them. According to their Facebook page, all of GHLF's staff is safe and accounted for.

Pro gamer Drini Gjoka of compLexity Gaming -- a professional gaming team at the event -- was grazed in the hand by a bullet during the shooting. His rep tells us ... "Our player, Drini, was hit in the thumb but is going to be fine. He managed to escape and run down the street to a nearby gym. He's currently cooperating with the authorities and we will be flying him out of Jacksonville as soon as we are given the green light from the officials on the ground."

EA Games -- who created the game and sponsored the 'Madden' tourney -- just issued a statement, saying "We are aware of an incident at a sanctioned Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville. We are working with authorities to gather facts at this stage.  This is a horrible situation, and our deepest sympathies go out to all involved." 

Story developing ...

Richie Incognito 911 Funeral Staff was Terrified

8/23/2018 2:59 PM PDT

TMZ Sports has obtained the Richie Incognito 911 call made by a funeral home staffer Monday who was clearly in fear for her life -- when the NFL star allegedly threatened to shoot the funeral director at a mortuary in Arizona. 

The staffer made the call in secret because she didn't want to "escalate the situation" -- and while she's cool, calm and collected on the phone, it's obvious everyone inside the building was scared. 

"We have somebody that we're very afraid of right now," the staffer told the 911 operator.  

"He made a gesture at one of our funeral directors and told him he was gonna kill him."

The staffer also noted that Richie claimed to have guns in his truck. 

The 911 operator said a squad of officers were racing to the scene and explained, "We're very familiar with [Richie]. We've been dealing with him for the last couple of days."

When cops arrived, Richie was arrested at gunpoint -- and officers DID find a cache of weapons and a silencer in his Ford Raptor. 

Richie was at the funeral home to view his father, who had passed away suddenly

Incognito's attorney has previously told TMZ Sports the death has been "traumatic" for Richie and the entire family. 

Richie was booked at a nearby police station and spent the night in custody. He was released to his family the following day. 

Ex-UFC Fighter Pulls Gun On Home Intruder ... In Crazy Standoff

8/22/2018 8:27 AM PDT
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Insane moment for ex-UFC fighter Dean Lister ... who pulled a firearm on a man who was robbing his house -- and the whole thing was captured on video. 

42-year-old Lister -- who was 13-7 as an MMA fighter -- says he arrived to his San Diego home around 8 PM on Saturday when he saw a tatted up bald dude inside of his kitchen. 

The man was super sketchy and told Lister he thought the home was a church -- but when Lister continued to press, the man picked up a hammer in a very threatening manner. 

"Off camera, I drew a sidearm and he stopped advancing toward me," Lister said. 

"I LET him escape with his life through a window. Cops said I was legally good if I killed him."

Lister says the man stole a bunch of cash out of the home and he published the video publicly in the hopes someone can identify the INTRUDER. 

"Police are on it but if anyone knows who he is please help me,,,  thank you very much."

FYI, Lister has been through crazy situation before -- saying he lived "right in the middle of a serious combat zone" while living in Panama as a kid.

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