5 things to know about T.I.’s concert and mass shooting

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: T.I. attends the Urban World Film Festival in New York, New York on September 23, 2015. Credit: Raymond Hagans/SteedMedia

On the night of May 25, T.I. was scheduled to perform at Irving Plaza in New York. The concert was set to begin around 9 p.m., but it was abruptly cancelled after a dispute led to three people being wounded by gun fire and one man dead. Once the gunshots were heard, concertgoers who were in the main area began rushing out of the venue, which can only hold 1K people.

Here are five things to know about T.I.’s. concert where one person died and three were shot.

Rapper Troy Ave. was wounded in the shoot out 
Apparently, the dispute began after associates of Troy Ave. and Maino began arguing. At some point, a fight broke out and someone pulled out a gun and began firing. Rapper Troy Ave. was one of the four people who were shot at the venue. A bullet grazed Troy Ave.’s leg and he was taken to the hospital. Troy Ave. is reportedly collaborating with T.I.’s Grand Hustle.

The gunman and victims were all credentialed guests
Every person involved in the shooting were credentialed guests and had access to the VIP area backstage. Over 50 people were in the V.I.P. area before the show. One man was shot in the chest during the shootings and stumbled down a flight of stairs. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

T.I. was not involved in the dispute 
T.I. left the V.I.P. area backstage shortly before the chaos erupted and shootings occurred. It’s being reported that he wasn’t involved in the dispute or shootings.  However, T.I. is facing backlash because he was the headlining act. Some mainstream publications have taken the opportunity to highlight some of the criminal issues that T.I. faced years ago. But this time, his name is being sullied because of the actions of others.

50 Cent paid a hospital visit to the woman who was wounded 
In a strange twist, 50 Cent appeared at a hospital where the female victim was recovering. Apparently, the woman is the girlfriend of a man who is a good friend of 50 Cent. 50 Cent spoke against those who were involved in the crime.

The suspect has yet to be captured by authorities 
The suspect who’s responsible for the shooting remains on the loose at press time. However, police are currently reviewing footage from the venue and interviewing eyewitnesses who saw the gunman pull the trigger.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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