Brooklyn rapper arrested in T.I. concert shooting

 Roland Collins, aka Troy Ave., a Brooklyn rapper shown here firing a gun (Photo Source: NYPD)/Facebook/Troy Ave)
Roland Collins, aka Troy Ave, a Brooklyn rapper shown here firing a gun (Photo credit: NYPD)/Facebook/Troy Ave)

A shooting that occurred at a New York nightclub during an event where T.I. was scheduled to perform resulted in multiple people being shot. One person died. Now police have announced the arrest of Brooklyn-based rapper Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, after a clear video shows him firing the first shot. During the altercation three people were shot, including Collins, who shot himself in the leg. At this time, police are charging him with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He could face other charges once police complete ballistics tests. He was transported to the hospital after the shooting and later arrested by police.

The victims from the shooting include:
Troy Ave, who was the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot to the leg; Ronald McPhatter, 33, was shot in the stomach and later died at Beth Israel Hospital. One man, who was not involved in the fight, was shot downstairs by a stray bullet that went through the floor, and a 26-year-old woman also was shot in the leg while in the green room. The shooting was not connected to T.I., who had left the green room shortly before the gunfire. He canceled a later appearance at another club in the city that night. T.I., posted the following message to Facebook:

“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 payers to all those injured.”

Respectfully Tip

A witness identified as Johnny Wilkins, 28, was in the green room, he stated, “It was a fight over a push, it was over some b—-. It was like 50 or 60 people in the VIP room. It was crazy. It’s crazy more people didn’t get shot.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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