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Rapper, five others arrested in fatal Shoreline Ampitheatre shooting

38-year-old shot multiple times at Wiz Khalifa show

A 38-year-old man died after being shot multiple times Friday night at a Wiz Khalifa show at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Six people have been arrested on weapons charges in the ongoing investigation, including rapper Young Jeezy, who is touring with Wiz Khalifa.

At around 11:05 p.m., Mountain View police received multiple reports that shots were fired at Shoreline Amphitheatre, according to a press release by the Mountain View Police Department.

Officers that arrived at the scene confirmed that Eric Johnson, of Orinda, California, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Since the shooting Friday, six people have been arrested in the ongoing police investigation. Detectives with the Mountain View Police Department worked with the Irvine Police Department to execute search warrants at the Verizon Amphitheatre, resulting in six arrests on various weapons charges, according to the press release.

The arrests include Jay "Young Jeezy" Jenkins, 36; Kena Marshal, 39; Peter Maynard, 38; David Kuniansky-Altman, 31; William Gilmore, 48; and Alexa Beason, 52.

A suspect in the shooting is described as a black man in his 20s with short hair, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall, who was wearing black clothes and possibly white pants and a red baseball cap at the time of the shooting, according to the police website. The weapon seen in the shooting is described as a black pistol with a large magazine.

Police are not releasing any specific details on how the shooting played out, or where the incident occurred at the venue, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.

Police are looking for any witnesses that have information on the shooting. Anyone with video, photos or similar evidence of the shooting, or of the backstage area prior to the shooting, are encouraged to contact the Mountain View Police Department at 650-903-6395. Refer to case number 14-4346.

For anonymous tips, send them via text to 274637 -- include MVTips in the body of the message.

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

> six people have been arrested in the ongoing police investigation.
> Detectives with the Mountain View Police Department worked with the
> Irvine Police Department to execute search warrants at the
> Verizon Amphitheatre, resulting in six arrests on various
> weapons charges, according to the press release

We start off in Mountain View, and end up in Irvine--how's that work?


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Jay Jenkins (top photo) was one of the singers at the concert. I understand that the deceased was one of the concert organizers.


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Posted by T
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 26, 2014 at 5:09 am

@wondering?

They are on tour


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Posted by Bob Hill
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

Where is the "Verizon Ampitheater?" Since names of venues change every time a company fails and a new company buys naming rights, I wish reporters would include parenthetical comments like " at Levis stadium (Santa Clara stadium)..." so that readers would know where things were happening. With the whole US and even the world to read about, it would be helpful if reporters attached a "true name" instead of just an advertising name to the locations.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2014 at 9:03 am

What this story tells me, forgive me if I'm wrong, is that no matter how good the security is at a venue where thousands are attending an event, it isn't just the fans/audience/crowd who need to be screened, but those backstage also.

The very possible likelihood here is that the weapon used in this shooting was taken into Shoreline by those that were presumably trusted employees or possibly the entertainers themselves and we have to ask ourselves if security backstage is as good as front of house.

So when we attend a huge event, whether it be a Giants game, 49ers, Stanford sport, music concert, etc. etc., are the performers, sports stars, media, support staff, all being subjected to the same type of searches as the general public. When equipment such as sound systems or baseball bats are expected to be taken into a venue, is there anything to stop guns (or worse) from being smuggled in? If the public are only allowed a small see through backpack, is that where the real danger is going to be hidden when large pieces of technical equipment or volumes of sport equipment could be the real place to hide something that could cause mayhem of some kind.

This should be a wake up call to all those who plan and manage large scale events attended by huge numbers of members of the public.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2014 at 9:56 am

Sounds like a highly disreputable event. Too many rapper shootings. Why give your money to these people??


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Posted by Jim H
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

Why is a 36 year-old rapper referring to himself as "Young Jeezy"????


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Posted by Also a neighbor
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:41 am

@Neighbor - Agreed! But better yet, why bring these people to Mountain View?? Seems like we're just inviting a bad element and the crime that goes with it to our typically peaceful town.


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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

Who killed Rap? The wound is self inflicted. Rap is not dead; yet.


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Posted by Green Gables Resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

Verizon Amphitheatre is located in Irvine, CA. While the shooting occurred in Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre on Friday night, the search warrants and probably arrests were executed in Irvine because that is where the tour group was performing at the time.


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Posted by catl8y
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm

catl8y is a registered user.

It seems to me, the content of most rappers lirics are trash talk and garbage of the uglier side of our society. Just seems about right. Very biased oppinions that are being braodcast to our young and less educated.


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Posted by solida
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

solidarity with ferguson. the real enemy is racial prejudice. dont fight each other, save your own! east palo alto, get with ferguson! ''free at last...''


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."


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Posted by Billy
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 26, 2014 at 7:12 pm

New use for the amphitheater -- shooting range.


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Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

Rap concerts are an open invitation for violence.


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Posted by Who
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

enough! Can you explain to me why rap concerts are an open invitation for violence? It seems like there is a lot of underlying racism in these posts.


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