Suge Knight Faces Murder Charge After Compton Hit-and-Run


There are hit-and-run incidents in Los Angeles on a weekly basis and they barely register a blip in the media. This time is different: troubled former rap mogul Suge Knight was arrested for suspicion of murder after allegedly running over two men and taking off, leaving one dead.

Specifics of the Thursday afternoon incident remains hazy, even with major outlets covering the story. What we do know is that Knight appeared, rather mysteriously, on the Compton set of Straight Outta Compton, a F. Gary Gray-directed movie on the rise of influential rap group N.W.A. An argument ensued between Knight and two men on the set at about 3 p.m. Twenty minutes later, the two unnamed men were at a restaurant near Central and Rosecrans Avenues; witnesses say Knight appeared in his truck, possibly after following the men, hit them with his vehicle and then backed over them. A 55-year-old man died and a 51-year-old was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

After turning himself in early Friday, Knight told L.A. County sheriffs a different story, saying he feared for his life—the one-time executive almost died from a blood clot last year after being shot six times at a nightclub—and was trying to get away from the men when he accidentally hit them with his truck. For now, Knight is being held on $2 million bail.