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Rap mogul Suge Knight suspect in fatal hit-and-run

/ Source: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was named as a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed one person near Los Angeles on Thursday, officials said.

A man fitting Knight's description drove up to a Compton burger shop around 3 p.m. and began arguing with two people outside, said Lieutenant John Corina with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The driver then backed into one of the victims, before running them both over in his red Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck and fleeing the scene, the department said in a statement.

Corina added that Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was involved in an earlier altercation with the same two people.

"We are in the process of talking to those other witnesses, and reviewing video, and trying to track down Suge Knight and get his side of the story," Corina said.

One of the victims died in the hit and run, the Sheriff's Department statement said. The condition of the second victim was not immediately known.

An attorney for Knight confirmed to the Los Angeles Times newspaper that he had talked with his client about the "next steps", and that Knight planned to turn himself in to police.

A Las Vegas-based lawyer who has represented Knight in past legal proceedings could not be reached for comment on Thursday evening. A number previously used to reach Knight directly has been disconnected.

In November, Knight pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge stemming from accusations that he stole a camera from a celebrity photographer outside a Beverly Hills studio. He was later released on bail.

A few months earlier, Knight was shot and wounded inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub along with two others during a party in advance of the upcoming MTV Music Video Awards.

Death Row Records was a leading rap label in the 1990s, featuring artists such as Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.

However, Knight's hip-hop empire declined after he went to prison for a parole violation, Shakur was murdered and Dr. Dre left the label.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Curtis Skinner; Editing by Peter Cooney, Eric Walsh, Nick Macfie and Crispian Balmer)