Rapper Troy Ave charged in T.I. concert shooting, once spoke out against guns
Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, was arrested after a T.I. concert shooting that killed one and left three injured.
The rapper was hit in the leg with a bullet that may have been from his own gun during the incident. Police arrested him Thursday at the hospital where he was recovering and charged him with attempted murder and illegal weapons possession.
The man who died in the incident, Ronald McPhatter, 30, worked as Troy Ave’s bodyguard and according to McPhatter’s mother, the two knew each other since junior high school. It wasn’t clear if McPhatter was the intended target of the shooting.
A shocking surveillance video shows a man barging into a backstage greenroom and firing off gun rounds. Police say the male suspect in the video is indeed Troy Ave.
The beef allegedly started as a “fisticuffs” argument right after rappers Maino and Uncle Murda left the stage at Irving Plaza.
Troy Ave, 30, whose real name is Roland Collins, had just begun to see his rap career take off. He was named a member of the XXL Magazine Freshman Class in 2014 and released his first studio album the year before.
“U shouldnt Carry A Gun If u are scared 2 Use It. You’ll only end up hurting yourself or a Innocent Person Real Talk,” he tweeted back in 2009.
U shouldnt Carry A Gun If u are scared 2 Use It. You'll only end up hurting yourself or a Innocent Person Real Talk
— TROY AVE (@TroyAve) June 11, 2009
He also once tweeted he would “rather accidentally get a b**ch pregnant than catch a gun charge.”
Just before he sent out that tweet, he wrote, “Man i jus had a Nightmare that i got arrested with a Gun, i was mad upset.”
T.I. who was in the building during the incident but never got to take the stage, tweeted condolences for man who died, writing:
“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.”
New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has said that this shooting occurred in “the crazy world of these so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate violence they did all their lives.”
Bratton added, “Unfortunately, that violence often times manifests itself during their performances.”