The NYPD has cleared Maino of responsibility in the concert shooting at Irving Plaza that left one man dead and three people injured including his model girlfriend, Maggie Carrie Heckstall.
The shooting occurred in the green room area at the club. The alleged shooter was Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave who also reportedly shot himself in the leg during the melee. His bodyguard and longtime friend, Ronald McPhatter, was shot in the stomach and later died at the hospital.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said on Thursday (June 2) “We do not believe that he (Maino) was involved in the dispute.”
Maino took to Instagram to prove his innocence in a repost of the news story. He captioned a screenshot of the article with “Now lets get back to the music…HeardU.” Troy Ave’s manager, Hovain, has also denied Maino’s involvement saying, “And stop letting the media tell ya’ll a story of fantasy we never had no problems with @mainohustlehard,” he said on Instagram.
Troy Ave has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges and is being held without bail. The concert company that operates Irving Plaza has canceled and postponed several shows following the deadly shooting. A spokesperson released a statement saying, Live Nation is acting “with an overabundance of caution” after gunfire erupted last Wednesday night just before the rapper T.I. was to perform.
Troy Ave is being held without bail in connection to the shooting. His attorney, Scott Leemon, says that Troy Ave is the actual victim in the case.