COMPTON, Calif. — Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two men were run over, one fatally, Thursday, authorities said Friday.
He is being held in lieu of $2 million bond.
“So far, people we talked to said it looked like it was an intentional act. So we’re handling it as a homicide,” Los Angeles police Lt. John Corina said.
Knight allegedly had an argument on the set of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” a film about the rap group N.W.A. The argument then spilled over to the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers.
“A red pickup truck is involved in this, and those people were also at the other altercation, so yes, it all suggests that he was the person driving that truck,” Corina said.
Police say Knight allegedly tracked the two men to the lot.
“It looks like he drove backward and struck the victims. And then went forward and struck them again as he left,” Corina said.
Officers later found Knight’s Ford Raptor abandoned in Westwood. Early Friday, Knight, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, where homicide detectives interviewed him.
Los Angeles-based attorney James Blatt declined to confirm whether Knight was driving.
The man who died has been identified as Terry Carter, 55. The second man’s name is Cle Sloan, 51.
Knight founded the wildly successful Death Row Records in 1991, signing artists such as Snoop Doggy Dogg (since then known as Snoop Dogg and Snoop Lion) and Tupac Shakur.
But then his fortunes began to dwindle with a series of run-ins with the law.
Knight was driving the car in which Shakur was a passenger when the rapper was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996.
Shortly afterward, Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions. That prison time — along with Shakur’s death, feuds between Knight and a number of rappers and desertions by Dr. Dre, Snoop and others — contributed to the label’s bankruptcy in 2006.
In August, Knight and two others were shot while inside a celebrity-filled Sunset Strip party hosted by singer Chris Brown on the eve of the MTV Video Music Awards.
In October, he was busted along with comedian Micah “Katt” Williams for allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera.
“Straight Outta Compton,” the movie set where the argument began Thursday, chronicles the rise of N.W.A, one of the most controversial rap acts of all time.