Violence preceded the 2014 BET Awards on Saturday night and Sunday morning, with one man stabbed at a party in Hollywood while five others were shot at a party in Los Angeles.
According to The Hollywood Reporter,
the stabbing occurred around 8:45 p.m. at a Saturday evening event at Hollywood's Lure nightclub, ahead of the awards show. The victim, a man in his 30s, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is currently in stable condition.
No information about the suspect in the stabbing case has been released. Approximately eight hours later, a shooting occurred at the Monalizza Restaurant on Vermont Avenue. Five people were shot, one of whom died from their injuries. The shooter has yet to be identified or caught.
According to a statement released by BET, the pre-show parties in question were not officially associated with BET in any way. "The two isolated incidents over the weekend occurred at locations with events that were unauthorized and unaffiliated with the BET Awards, BET Experience at L.A. LIVE or their partners," said the network. "Security remains the number one priority for all official BET events and the network and all organizers will continue to maintain a safe environment for all planned activities."
The BET Awards aired Sunday, June 29, at 8/7c on BET. The event took place at the Nokia Theater at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles and was hosted by Chris Rock.