Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and illegal weapons possession and could face a murder charge, according to the New York Daily News. The arrest comes after a fatal shooting occurred at a T.I. concert in New York at Irving Plaza in Union Square.
Surveillance footage has surfaced showing what appears to be Troy Ave firing a weapon backstage. Ave., born Ronald Collins, accidentally shot himself during the chaos, according to sources. A feud between Troy and fellow Brooklyn rapper Maino is alleged to have sparked the shots, which were fired in a green room above the stage. Three people were injured and one killed.
The NYPD said Troy Ave shot himself in the leg during a struggle at the club. After the shooting, he reportedly was driven to NYU Hospital. He was then transferred to Bellevue, where he was arrested. He was taken to charged with reckless endangerment and illegal weapons possession and expected to face a murder charge pending the results of a ballstics test.
Maino had just left the stage when, according to sources, Troy Ave blasted at least five shots with a 9-mm handgun in a green room above the stage. The footage is from around 10 p.m., just as T.I. was scheduled to take the stage. Uncle Murda was also performing and ABC7 reports that the incident began as a fistfight before escalating.
“He walks right out, women all around, and starts shooting his gun,” SAID a police source. “It’s an ongoing rap group rivalry, him and Maino.”
33-year-old man Ronald McPhatter, a bodyguard for Troy Ave, was shot during the melee and was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two other victims were shot and hospitalized as well. His mother, Rose, told Eyewitness News that her son took a bullet to save a friend. “Right now I probably am trying to figure out what happened and why. You know, I want answers,” she said.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams and others told the Daily News that he is shown in the video entering the green room behind Troy Ave and then running past him.
“My son jumped in to assist Troy,” she said. “He was very protective. He was very protective of his family.”
The incident isn’t believed to have had anything to do with T.I., who was headlining the show at Irving Plaza and issued a statement offering condolences for the victims and lamenting the violence.