Today, TMZ reported that the AK-47 that was found on Jeezy’s tour bus in late August was legally registered to the Snowman’s head of security, who was not on the bus at the time of the arrest. Jeezy and five others were busted after cops executed a search warrant on the bus following the fatal shooting of a concert promoter backstage during Wiz Khalifa’s set at the Under The Influence Of Music tour two days prior and turned up the weapon. No one claimed ownership, so all six sat in jail until Jeezy posted bail for everyone on the night of Aug. 28.
So why didn’t anyone claim ownership of the gun? That, according to the site, was because Jeezy’s security chief was in the hospital after being shot in the same shooting incident that left Suge Knight bloodied at Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party in Los Angeles the night before.
If TMZ is to be believed, all three incidents—the homicide during Wiz’s set, Suge Knight’s shooting and Jeezy’s arrest—are all connected in a bizarre web that spans the length of California and more than a week of crazier and crazier headlines. So, how do they all relate to each other? XXL put together a timeline of events to try and piece together how everything in this tangled web is intertwined. Hold on to your butts.
Friday, Aug. 22
The Under The Influence Of Music Tour had been rolling along since July 24, with Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy headlining with support from Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, Iamsu! and DJ Drama. The night of Aug. 22—the third to last stop on the tour—a man was shot and killed during Wiz’s show-closing set at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., northwest of San Jose. Police reported that the man who was killed was a 38-year-old local concert promoter named Eric Johnson who was apparently promoting Jeezy’s after party that night; sources told police that the man had been arguing backstage with the gunman and was hit five times from what was likely a “black pistol with a large magazine.”
Saturday, Aug. 23
In the wake of the shooting, the tour’s second-to-last show in Chula Vista, Calif., just South of San Diego, was cancelledby the promoters as police investigated the killing. “Due to a situation out of our control, tonight’s UTIOM show is cancelled,” Wiz said in a statement. “This was a senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family.”
That Saturday also happened to be the night before the MTV VMAs, which brought plenty of stars to Los Angeles, many of whom showed up at Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party at 1Oak nightclub in West Hollywood. Former Death Row head honcho—and no stranger to violence himself—Suge Knight was among those in attendance when gunshots rang out around 1:30 in the morning. Knight was shot six times in the incident and was rushed to the hospital, while two others sustained bullet wounds and were treated at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A., with no suspects identified. One of the victims was 19-year-old model Megan Hawkins; according to TMZ, the other man, who had previously been identified only as a 32-year-old male, was Jeezy’s head of security on the Under The Influence Tour, and had been shot in the arm.
Sunday, Aug. 24
The final show on the Under The Influence Of Music Tour in Irvine, Calif., a city in between Los Angeles and San Diego, went ahead as scheduled, but Jeezy was noticeably absent from the lineup. According to reports, police executed a search warrant on his bus in relation to the shooting Friday night, which caused him to miss his performance. While initial reports indicated that no one was arrested or charged, Jeezy and five others on his tour bus were arrested that night after police found an assault rifle on the tour bus. No one on the bus, including the Snowman, would claim ownership of the weapon, and all six were arrested and booked on $1 million bail in Orange County, Calif.
Meanwhile, Chris Brown’s camp released a statement distancing Brown from the shooting incident at his party. “Chris hosted an event in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the upcoming release of his album X, during which an incident occurred,” Brown’s reps said in a statement to XXL. ”This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event. He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation.” The next day, video of the shooting emerged, withsources telling TMZ that the shooting may have been gang related.
Tuesday, Aug. 26
News about Jeezy’s arrest began to trickle out, with police saying that while six people were arrested, none were suspects in the shooting death of Eric Johnson Friday night. The other five were all working on the Under The Influence Tour and all six were charged with possession of an assault rifle. The local San Jose Mercury News also brought in a legal analyst to speculate on why the bail for the charges was so high. “If they didn’t think [Jeezy] had significant knowledge about the homicide, I can’t imagine why he’d have a million-dollar bail,” the analyst said.
Wednesday, Aug. 27
As details continued to emerge about Jeezy’s arrest, it was reported that the assault rifle in question was a “military-style AK-47.” With Jeezy’s fifth studio album, Seen It All, scheduled to drop Sept. 2, Jeezy and the five other people arrested with him remained in jail for a third day with the $1 million bail hanging over their heads. That same morning,Suge Knight walked out of the hospital after recovering sufficiently from the six gunshots wounds he received during the shooting Saturday night. In a further twist, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department turned over the shooting investigation to its homicide division, suggesting the shooting was an attempted murder. Katt Williams, who was with Suge at the time he was shot, had previously suggested that the former label head was not the intended target.