A BET awards pre-show party and the actual ceremony was marred by one man being shot and killed with five more individuals being injured early Sunday morning, June 29, 2014. Los Angeles law enforcement officials stated that the shooting took place in East Hollywood. At 5:17 a.m. the police were asked to respond to reports of gunfire at the Monalizza Restaurant and Banquet Hall on 1161 North Vermont Avenue.
Apparently there was one fatality at the scene of the shooting and Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics rushed three further victims to the hospital. The LAPD say that the gunman who shot the five people has not been caught as yet. KNX 1070 have reported that the sidewalks outside the restaurant and the floors inside the building were both drenched in blood.
This shooting on Sunday is the second violent attack alleged to have taken place at a BET pre-show party. Hours earlier on Saturday night, another man was stabbed by an assailant during festivities at the Hollywood nightclub, Lure. In that instance, the victim’s wounds were not fatal and apparently no one else was injured.
The actual BET awards ceremony started without incident with singer Pharrell appearing with Missy Elliot in what has been described as a “playful performance.” Chris Rock, this year’s host, did not mention the man who was killed in a shooting incident at a pre-show party and no mention was made of the earlier stabbing.
The event, being held at the Nokia Theatre, started off on a humorous note with comedian Rock targeting Donald Sterling, Solange Knowles, Dre and the television series Scandal.
The Solange vs Jay Z elevator gag was the only reference to violence that Chris Rock made onstage. The BET Awards organizers stated that neither of the pre-show parties were connected, authorized or affiliated with the awards ceremony. The pre-show killing has not marred the actual BET awards event but it has resulted in negative publicity for the ceremony..
It has been alleged that both of the parties where violence broke out were attended by rappers and their entourages. One security guard told CBS that the rapper The Game was in the club where the stabbing occurred.
The stabbing victim has been described as being in his 30’s and he was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The man reportedly had been slashed and stabbed in the stomach but the un-named victim is listed as being in stable condition.
At the restaurant shooting, where one man died, Officer Madison from the LAPD told TheWrap that a gunman opened fire on a group of revelers. It was not revealed whether the shooting took place outside of the banquet hall or not.
Ambulances ferried three victims to local hospitals while two other people were transported for medical care via private vehicles. A local television station shot footage of the incident. The coverage aired later on the CBS affiliates channel showing party goers leaving the building while paramedics worked on one of the victims.
The BET awards shooting, and stabbing, at two separate pre-show parties, has marred both of the unofficial festivities held prior to the ceremony itself. This unexplained violence has affected the actual event with negative publicity at a time of celebration.
By Michael Smith