Witnesses say Brown, who is still on parole following his recent release from jail, had been the target of shots fired at the 1OAK club in West Hollywood.
Brown was thought to be uninjured, but there were three other victims – among them Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, 49. He was shot six times – bullets hit his stomach and arm. Knight reportedly walked out of the club on his own and was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital by ambulance. He is currently undergoing surgery. One of the victims is said to be in critical condition.
The suspected gunmen were apprehended by police at the scene, as officers searched the nightspot for clues over the events of the night.
Roads around the nightclub were immediately sealed off by police, as the nightclub was evacuated. Several partygoers were detained for questioning.
Model and actor Tyson Beckford, Black Eyed Peas member Apple de Ap and actor Robert Ri’chard were inside the club and told TMZ they had heard four shots being fired at around 1.30am today.
Other celebrity guests at the event include Justin Bieber, and rapper The Game.
A controversial figure, Knight is no stranger to gun violence.
His friend Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996.
Knight also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg during a shooting at a 2005 pre-VMA party, hosted by rapper Kanye West.
Owned by New York-based Butter Group, the Los Angeles branch of 1OAK – which stands for One Of A Kind – is a spin off of the New York club, while there are further branches in Las Vegas and Mexico City.
The club, which bills itself as ‘Bringing a New York nightclub experience to Los Angeles’ has been open on the famous Sunset Strip since the start of the year and has proved popular with many celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna.
Last night’s party at the club was a precursor to tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards, which takes place from 6pm local time at LA’s recently redeveloped Inglewood Forum.
UPDATE 6:58am: Contrary to earlier reports we’re being told that Suge Knight was shot a total of six times. He underwent surgery and is currently in the ICU, but is expected to recover.