MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Chart-topping rapper Young Jeezy was one of six people arrested Sunday in Irvine on suspicion of possessing an assault rifle during the investigation into a deadly shooting backstage at a concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre over the weekend, according to the Mountain View Police Department.
The 36-year-old Jeezy, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was arrested by Mountain View police detectives at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, the last stop on the "Under the Influence of Music" national concert tour, where he was part of a bill headlined by Wiz Khalifa.
Also arrested were five people who police said were working for the tour: Alexa Beason, 52; William Paul Gilmore, 48; David Kuniansky-Altman, 31; Kena Jermaine Marshall, 39; and Peter Arthur Maynard, 38. All were arrested on suspicion of possessing an assault weapon.
None of the arrested have been identified as suspects in the fatal shooting, which was reported just after 11 p.m. Friday -- as the concert was letting out -- and claimed the life of 38-year-old Orinda resident Eric Johnson, who police said was an entertainment promoter but not connected to Jenkins' tour. It was not clear if Johnson was with anyone when he was shot.
Mountain View police Sgt. Saul Jaeger, a department spokesman, said detectives traveled to Irvine as part of the homicide investigation and, with the help of Irvine police, served search warrants that turned up illegal firearms linked to the six people arrested.
"We haven't made any arrests for the homicide. These arrests were made during the execution of the warrant," Jaeger said.
As of Monday afternoon, the Grammy-nominated Jenkins was being held at Orange County Central Jail on $1 million bail, as was Maynard, described in jail records as a manager, and Marshall. Gilmore, described as a driver, was being held on $20,000 bail, which a legal expert said is more typical for the gun offense. Custody information for Beason and Kuniansky-Altman was not available.
Efforts on Monday to reach representatives for Jenkins were unsuccessful.
The unusually high bail for Jenkins and his two associates was likely requested by investigators, who believe they have more insight into the killing than what has been publicly revealed, said legal analyst Steven Clark, a criminal defense attorney and former Santa Clara County prosecutor.
He added that Jenkins' fame and recognizability make him a minimal flight risk, and his prior run-ins with the law -- including a January arrest stemming from a Sept. 2012 fight with his son and a 2008 DUI arrest -- aren't severe enough to necessitate his bail amount.
"On the face of it, it's an exorbitant bail on a relatively benign charge. If they didn't think he had significant knowledge about the homicide, I can't imagine why he'd have a million-dollar bail," Clark said. "They want to make sure he doesn't go anywhere for the short term. There's much more to this that we don't know."
Mountain View police declined to comment about the bail amounts.
After the shooting, headliner Wiz Khalifa tweeted condolences to Johnson's family and wrote "violence is never the answer," and concert promoter Live Nation cancelled the tour's Saturday stop in Chula Vista, near San Diego, with no plans to reschedule, citing the homicide investigation.
The tour ended as scheduled in Irvine, though Jenkins was noticeably absent from the lineup, according to concert-goers' accounts on social media.
In Friday's shooting, investigators are still seeking a suspect they generally described as a black man in his 20s with short hair who was between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, wearing a black shirt, a red baseball cap and possibly white pants. The suspected weapon in the shooting was a black pistol with a large magazine.
Police ask that witnesses or anyone with information about the case, including videos or photos of the backstage area around the time of the shooting, contact detectives by calling 650-903-6395, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, send an anonymous text message with the keyword "MVTips" to 274637, or submit Twitter posts or images with #MVPDInfo. Tipsters should reference case number 14-4346.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.