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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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


Eric Johnson, 38, was shot and killed backstage at a Mountain View, California concert co-headlined with Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa on Saturday

Jay Jenkins AKA Young Jeezy was arrested when authorities investigating the shooting allegedly found him with an illegal assault weapon

Five others were arrested with Jeezy. The rapper was held in Orange County on $1 million bond


The arrests come after Eric Johnson of Orinda was shot and killed while backstage at the Under the Influence of Music concert Jeezy co-headlined with fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Friday.


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.

Victim: 38-year-old husband and father Eric Johnson was shot and killed at the Wiz Khalifa/Young Jeezy concert on Saturday in Mountain View, California
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.

Police believe the African American man in his 20s used a black pistol with a large magazine.

A source told TMZ that the victim was shot backstage and was hit at least five times.

Wiz, real name Cameron Jibril Thomaz, posted two tweets on Saturday afternoon, calling the killing a 'senseless tragedy' and added: 'Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family.

Police are asking anyone with information, video or photos about the shooting to call 650-903-6395 or email police@mountainview.gov.

Anonymous text messages may also be sent to 274637 with the code MVTips in the text.

Police are also asking people to use the hashtag #MVPDInfo in their Twitter and Instagram posts about the shooting so that they can examine relevant images and video.

Also arrested: Five people associated with the concert tour were also arrested for suspicion of possession of an illegal firearm, including William Gilmore, 48,  Peter Maynard, 38 and Kena Marshall, 39

Alexa Beason, 52 (right) and David Kuniansky-Altman, 31 (left) were among the five arrested in addition to Young Jeezy