FRESNO, Calif. – Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West (search) was shuffled out the back door of a new urban boutique after a fight cut short the entertainer's autograph-signing session, police said.
Owners of the FTK (search) store abruptly canceled the grand opening event and locked the doors after the fight broke out Saturday between a patron and a security guard.
The brawl erupted about 40 minutes after West began signing autographs.
Authorities spent nearly a half-hour clearing about 1,000 fans from the store's parking lot as a police helicopter hovered above.
"Once security couldn't control it, we had to shut it down," store employee Aron Hekimian said.
An after-party at a nearby club with the producer-turned-rapper went on as planned, said Sam Hensen, the store's co-owner.
"Everybody's chance to meet Kanye West was ruined," said Anna Reyna, 19, who waited in line for the rapper's autograph but never got to see him.