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Sunday, June 29, 2014

One Dead, One in Stable Condition - BET Pre-Awards Party Violence

A shooting and stabbing (two separate incidents) occurred on Saturday night and early Sunday at Los Angeles events where pre-show parties were held ahead of the BET Awards. 

On Saturday night, a man was stabbed at a BET Awards pre-show party inside Lure Nightclub in Hollywood.

Police received reports of the stabbing at 8:45 p.m.; the victim  a man in his 30s. He was listed in stable condition at Cedars-Sinai. No suspects at the current time.

A separate incident occurred on Sunday morning at 5:17 am at the Monalizza Restaurant and Banquet at 1161 N. Vermont Ave., where gunfire broke out at the location. "I've been told that it was a pre-party for BET," officer Madison said of the event held at the Monalizza. 

There were five victims in the incident, and one victim died at a local hospital, Madison stated. No suspect is currently in custody in connection with that incident. 

A BET spokesperson stated that the violent incidents occurred at events that were "unauthorized and unaffiliated" with official awards events held at L.A. Live. 

"The two isolated incidents over the weekend occurred at locations with events that were unauthorized and unaffiliated with the BET Awards, BET Experience at L.A. LIVE or their partners," the BET rep stated. "Security remains the number one priority for all official BET events and the network and all organizers will continue to maintain a safe environment for all planned activities."

The BET Awards have been marred by violence in the past. The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards saw a scuffle between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy as well as a fight between rapper Gunplay and a member of 50 Cent's entourage.

Other awards shows have also seen violence erupt.  At the 2004 Vibe Music Awards, G-Unit rapper Young Buck stabbed a man who sucker punched Dr. Dre. The most infamous incident occurred hours after the Soul Train Music Awards, when Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death leaving a Vibe-hosted after party in Los Angeles.

The BET Awards take place Sunday at the Nokia Theatre and are being hosted by Chris Rock.

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