Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Young Jeezy Arrested For Possessing Illegal Assault Rifle During Investigation Into Wiz Khalifa Concert Shooting

Arrested: Grammy nominee Young Jeezy was arrested Sunday (mugshot at right) as police investigated the shooting that occurred Saturday at a concert (Jeezy is pictured at left performing) co-headlined with Wiz Khalifa

Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a concert. The Atlanta-based rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was taken into custody on Sunday by detectives along with five other people while executing a search warrant at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, Mountain View police spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger said Monday.

They were taken to the Orange County jail, where Jenkins was being held on $1 million bail.

The arrests come after Eric Johnson of Orinda was shot and killed while backstage at the Under the Influence of Music concert.  Young Jeezy and fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa performed at the concert.

The 38-year-old husband and father worked as a concert promoter for Bay Area musicians, but was not connected to the concert tour where he lost his life.

The five other people arrested were Alexa Beason, 52; William Paul Gilmore, 48; David Kuniansky-Altman, 31; Kena Jermaine Marshall, 39; and Peter Arthur Maynard, 38 according to the Mercury News. 

All five were somehow employed on the tour. None of the arrested has been identified as suspects in the fatal shooting, Jaeger said.

'We haven't made any arrests for the homicide. These arrests were made during the execution of the warrant,' Jaeger said. Police, however, say they are still in search of a suspect described as between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8. 

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