Rapper Troy Ave has been arrested and charged in connection to the fatal shooting at a New York nightclub that left his bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, dead and three other people wounded.
As we previously reported, gunshots ranged out inside the greenroom at the Irving Plaza nightclub during an altercation between two warring factions. The incident occurred just hours before T.I was set to perform.
NYPD officials released very clear video on Thursday (May 26), which shows Troy Ave firing at least one shot inside the venue. According to ABC 7 News, Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, apparently shot his longtime friend McPhatter in the stomach during the melee.
Then, oddly enough, he shot himself in the leg during a struggle. After the shooting, the 30-year-old rapper drove himself to NYU Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He was then transferred to Bellevue, where he was arrested.
Troy Ave is being charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Police told ABC 7 he could face additional charges, depending on the results of ballistics tests.
Police are not sure if another shooter was involved in the gun battle, but the investigation is still ongoing.
According to investigators, the incident started out as a fistfight but then it turned into a deadly gunfight. The gunman and the victims were all VIP guests with access to the green room area. Police say most of the people involved in the fracas were from Brooklyn and have prior criminal records.
One of the injured victims was Maggie Heckstall, a rising R&B singer, who had surgery to remove a bullet from knee. She remains hospitalized.
Meanwhile, T.I. has posted a statement on his Instagram account regarding the shooting, which neither he or his crew were involved in. The Atlanta rhymer expressed remorse over the death of a young man and the injured concertgoers.
“My heart is heavy today. Our music is intended to save lives, like it has mine and many others,” he wrote. “My heartfelt condolences to the family that suffered the loss and my prayers are with all those injured.”