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Police view tape of Shakur altercation

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Sept. 11 -- Police said Wednesday they have reviewed a surveillance tape showing an altercation involving rapper Tupac Shakur the night he was shot and critically wounded, but do not believe the fight is connected to the shooting. The surveillance tape shows an altercation between Shakur and his entourage and an unidentified person that was broken up by security officers at the MGM Grand hotel Saturday. The unidentified person, who refused to file a complaint, was still being interviewed by MGM security and city police officers when Shakur and his entourage left the building, police said. 'Investigators have no reason at this time to believe that this altercation has any connection to the shooting,' police said in a written statement. Shakur, 25, was shot in the chest at least three times after he and Marion 'Suge' Knight, the chairman of Death Row Records, left the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon heavyweight title fight at the MGM Grand. Shakur was sitting in the passenger seat of the black BMW driven by Knight when a white Cadillac pulled alongside and someone inside began firing before speeding away near the Maxim casino, just east of The Strip. Shakur remained in critical condition Wednesday at University Medical Center, where doctors removed his right lung this week. Knight, 31, was grazed in the head and was released from the hospital Sunday. Police say they are getting little cooperation from witnesses, including Shakur's bodyguards, in identifying the car or potential suspects. The shooting marked the second Shakur has been shot in less than two years.

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He was shot five times in November 1994 by robbers in the lobby of a New York City recording studio. Shakur has had a series of brushes with the law, including convictions in Los Angeles for misdemeanor assault and battery and New York for sexual assault. He served seven months on the sexual assault charges before posting bail pending an appeal. Shakur starred in the film 'Poetic Justice' with singer Janet Jackson and had been working on another film, 'Gridlock.' His latest album, 'All Eyez on Me,' has sold about 5 million copies.

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