MOUNTAIN VIEW -- A 38-year-old man was fatally shot Friday night at Shoreline Amphitheatre after a sold-out concert by rapper Wiz Khalifa.

Officers responded about 11:05 p.m. to the concert venue after police received multiple calls reporting that shots had been fired, Mountain View police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka said.

Thevictim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a hospital, where he died Saturday morning, Tanaka said. No one else was injured.

"We do not know how the victim was associated with the concert," Tanaka said. "That is part of our ongoing investigation."

The victim's name was still being withheld by police late Saturday. But ABC7 reported that friends and family had identified him as Eric Johnson, of Oakland.

A 38-year-old man was fatally shot at Shoreline Amphitheatre after a Wiz Khalifa concert Friday night, police said, in Mountain View, Calif. on Saturday
A 38-year-old man was fatally shot at Shoreline Amphitheatre after a Wiz Khalifa concert Friday night, police said, in Mountain View, Calif. on Saturday Aug. 23, 2014. (John Green/Bay Area News Group) ( JOHN GREEN )

On Twitter, Khalifa, a breakout hip-hop star from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, called the shooting "a senseless tragedy" in a tweet Saturday afternoon.

"Violence is never the answer," Khalifa wrote. "My prayers go out to the victim's family."

Police described the shooting suspect as a black man in his 20s with short hair who is between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a black shirt, a red baseball cap and possibly white pants, police said. The shooting reportedly happened backstage.

Fremont resident Jamie Cooper, who attended Khalifa's Friday night show, heard the gunshots soon after it ended.

"We heard gunshots right as we were walking out to the parking lot," Cooper said. "We saw police officers running" toward the backstage area.


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Police believe the weapon used in the shooting was a black pistol with a large magazine, Tanaka said.

The motive for the shooting remained under investigation Saturday. Police turned to social networks, particularly Twitter, to solicit tips. They asked people to either call police or text information anonymously.

Khalifa played to some 22,000 people Friday night. The performance was part of his ongoing Under the Influence of Music Tour -- a not-so-subtle reference to Khalifa's reportedly prodigious use of marijuana.

A 38-year-old man was fatally shot at Shoreline Amphitheatre after a Wiz Khalifa concert Friday night, police said, in Mountain View, Calif. on Saturday
A 38-year-old man was fatally shot at Shoreline Amphitheatre after a Wiz Khalifa concert Friday night, police said, in Mountain View, Calif. on Saturday Aug. 23, 2014. (John Green/Bay Area News Group) ( JOHN GREEN )

In a statement, Live Nation, which organizes events at Shoreline, directed inquiries about the incident to Mountain View police. "We continue to cooperate with authorities in their investigation into last night's isolated incident," the company said Saturday.

The company said that Saturday night's Shoreline concert, featuring Rascal Flats, Sheryl Crow and Gloriana, would go on as scheduled. But the Khalifa concert scheduled for Saturday night in Chula Vista, near San Diego, was canceled and won't be rescheduled "due to an active investigation" of the shooting at Shoreline, Live Nation said in a separate statement. On his Twitter account, Khalifa blamed the cancellation on "a situation out of our control."

Tanaka did not immediately respond when asked if police had questioned Khalifa about the shooting.

Meanwhile, Khalifa's Sunday night concert in Irvine is still on the schedule, said Aaron Siuda, a Live Nation vice president in San Francisco.

Anyone with information, video or photos about the shooting is asked to call police at 650-903-6395 -- or email police@mountainview.gov. Anonymous text messages may 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.

Staff writer Jim Harrington contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.