Rapper Troy Ave has been arrested in connection with the shooting at rapper T.I.’s concert at Irving Plaza in New York.
According to Us Weekly, Troy Ave was arrested for attempted murder after a shooting left four injured and one dead. The Inquisitr reported that Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, was shot in the leg, but as it turns out, people connected to the shooting have said that the rapper shot himself on purpose and shot at several other people at Irving Plaza.
One man, 33-year-old Ronald McPhatter, was taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital for a stomach injury but was pronounced dead due to his injuries. A 26-year-old female was shot in the leg, and a man suffered a shot to the chest. They are said to be in stable condition after being put in the critical unit of the hospital.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) May 27, 2016
McPhatter was a member of B$B crew. Another member of the group, Money Nels, spoke out about the shooting and McPhatter’s death.
“Life is short. I just spoke to my guy a couple days ago. @bsbbang was a real good dude. My deepest condolences to his family. #RIP.”
When the shooting happened, no arrests were made at first, but we’ve learned that police officials have set their focus on Troy Ave. The reason why this changed is because video footage showed Troy Ave firing a gun backstage at the concert. Currently, those investigating the scene are waiting for ballistics to get back before they can officially charge the rapper.
When the shooting first happened, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said this about the ongoing investigation.
“We are about 12 hours into it. We are speaking to people now, people are coming forward with some stories. We are also monitoring social media to see if this beef was instantaneous last night, or it was an ongoing beef that precipitated this entire event.”
— POLITICO New York (@politicony) May 27, 2016
That said, it was NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s comments that got major backlash due to his choice of words in describing the scene.
“The crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they live all their lives and, unfortunately, that violence often manifests itself during the performances and that’s exactly what happened last evening.”
Following the shooting, rapper T.I., who was supposed to do a set but couldn’t because of the event, made a statement on his personal Twitter.
“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 and my prayers are with all those injured — respectfully, Tip”
Another rapper, named Maino, was performing in the VIP area when shots rang out. The rapper decided to take to Instagram to share his thoughts about the night. At the time, he slammed rumors that he had a “beef” with Troy Ave.
“Won’t let them undo what we’re building! No ‘ongoing beefs’ or ‘entourage issues.’ It always has been and always will be good relations between myself AND MY TEAM and @TroyAve @Hovain @YoungLitoBsB and the BSB crew. Our deepest sympathies again to family of Ronald McPhatter and a speedy recovery to Troy Ave. The movement will not be stopped. #BROOKLYNUNITED #HEARDYOU”
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