Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting at NYC’s Irving Plaza before a T.I. concert on Wednesday, May 25, the New York Police Department confirmed on Twitter.
The 33-year-old musician (whose real name is Roland Collins) was charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon for the incident. Troy Ave inadvertently shot himself in the leg and wounded several others. A 33-year-old man, Ronald McPhatter, suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach and was taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, NYPD officials said. A 26-year-old female was shot in the leg and a 34-year-old male was shot in the chest, but they are both in stable condition.
On Thursday, May 26, the NYPD released video footage from the concert venue that shows Troy Ave running into the backstage area and firing a gun. Detectives are waiting for ballistics evidence to see if the rapper will face additional charges, according to ABC.
T.I. offered his condolences to McPhatter’s family on Twitter. “Rest In Peace Bro. God bless,” he wrote on Thursday, along with a photo that said, “My heart is heavy today. Our music is intended to save lives, like it has mine and many others. My heartfelt condolences to the family that suffered the loss & my prayers are with all those injured. Respectfully, Tip.”
Rapper Maino, who was also performing at the concert and was on stage at the time of the shooting, spoke out on Instagram on Thursday and denied he has any beef with Troy Ave. “No ‘ongoing beefs’ or ‘entourage issues.’ It always has been and always will be good relations between myself AND MY TEAM and @TroyAve,” he wrote. “Our deepest sympathies again to family of Ronald McPhatter and a speedy recovery to Troy Ave.”
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