published Monday, August 25th, 2014

Rapper arrested for firearms in fatal concert shooting probe

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    In this Saturday, July 5, 2014, file photo, U.S. rapper Wiz Khalifa performs on the main stage at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, north London. Police say a 38-year-old man has died after being shot multiple times backstage at Khalifa's concert at a popular Silicon Valley music venue.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley, authorities said.

The Atlanta-based rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was taken into custody Sunday by detectives along with five other people while executing a search warrant at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, Mountain View police spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger said Monday. They were taken to the Orange County jail.

The arrests come after Eric Johnson, 38, 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.

None of the arrested has been identified as suspects in the fatal shooting, Jaeger said.

Jeezy is being held on $1 million bail and could make his first appearance in court as soon as Tuesday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

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