A 38-year-old man was shot and killed at a concert venue in California late Friday night. There are conflicting stories as to exactly when the shooting took place, but the man, whose name has yet to be released by authorities, was shot five times in a backstage hall area at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View and was later rushed to a nearby hospital where he subsequently died.
Us Weekly reported (via Yahoo Celebrity) Aug. 23 that Wiz Khalifa, the Pittsburgh rapper known for hits like "Black and Yellow" and "Work Hard, Play Hard," was actually on stage when the shooting took place. However, the Associated Press reported that the concert had ended before shots rang out and concerned individuals dialed 911 to alert police to a possible shooting.
An eyewitness to the shooting told police they saw two men, including the victim, arguing just prior to the shooting. Police do not believe the men had a connection to Wiz Khalifa. Authorities also told Us Weekly that they were still looking for the suspected killer and that they did not have a positive identification of the suspect.
Mountain View police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka told KTVU-TV in Oakland that police were still trying to ascertain how the suspect got a firearm into the Shoreline Amphitheatre, which requires concert-goers to undergo screening before entering the premises.
Friends of the deceased have identified him as Eric Johnson, a concert promoter from Oakland with a record label dedicated to helping Bay Area rappers. He had been backstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre promoting a concert afer party for Young Jeezy, the Atlanta rapper best known for his hits "Soul Survivor" and "Put On."
Young Jeezy was on the playbill with Wiz Khalifa, who is currently on his "Under the Influence of Music Tour." Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and other artists were scheduled for a Chula Vista concert Saturday night but that show was cancelled.
Promoters Live Nation released a statement to explain that the Chula Vista show was cancelled "due to an active investigation."
Wiz Khalifa took to his Twitter account to write that the concert had been cancelled due to "a situation out of our control."
He later followed with: "This was a senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family."
Wiz Khalifa is currently promoting his latest album, Blacc Hollywood. He and his wife Amber Rose made an appearance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, where his video for "We Dem Boyz," the first song released from the album, was up for the Best Hip Hop Video.