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Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe

Wiz Khalifa

FILE - In this Saturday, July 5, 2014, file photo, U.S. rapper Wiz Khalifa performs on the main stage at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, north London. Police say a 38-year-old man has died after being shot multiple times backstage at Khalifa's concert at a popular Silicon Valley music venue. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

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August 26, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley, authorities said.

The Atlanta-based rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was taken into custody Sunday by detectives along with five other people while executing a search warrant at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, Mountain View police spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger said Monday. They were taken to the Orange County jail.

The arrests come after Eric Johnson, 38, of Orinda was shot and killed while backstage at the “Under the Influence of Music” concert Jeezy co-headlined with fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Friday.

None of the arrested has been identified as suspects in the fatal shooting, Jaeger said.

Jeezy is being held on $1 million bail and could make his first appearance in court as soon as Tuesday, Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

 

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  • JazzAzzAugust 26, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Why is it that these things happen so often at RAP CONCERTS??? Maybe they ought not be allowed to be put on unless there is plenty of proper security. You never see that type of thing in concerts like the one we just saw with Sir Paul, with a mellower, more mature crowd, fans. I for one have never or will EVER CONSIDER Rap to be music. It is no more than urban poetry, and so much of it pure trash, IMO. How many of you though have seen or heard, Country Rap???? Otherwise known as, CRAP :-)

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  • CD BrooksAugust 26, 2014 - 8:39 am

    JazzAzz, I would imagine metal detectors are present at these concerts? Of course that would mean most folks would have to give up their jewelry! Leave your guns at home people, they are dangerous. Carrying one to any public event is stupid. Stupid and dangerous are a bad combination.

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