The T.I show at Irving Plaza in NYC took a violent turn when shooting began, with one man getting fatally wounded and another ending up in hospital with a bullet in his leg. The man who was hospitalised turned out to be New York rapper Troy Ave, best known for his track “Doo Doo”, and the victim who was killed was his bodyguard.
However, with the release of video footage of the incident, Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after his discharge from hospital. Collins had actually accidentally shot himself in the leg. He has now pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to the charges.
Collins was in the midst of an argument with fellow rapper Maino, who was appearing as a supporting act, and after Maino left the stage, Collins began shooting before he himself was due to appear. As seen on the video footage, he walks in during the melee and fires five shots into the crowd. Two other people were wounded in the crossfire.
He is currently being held without bail.