Not quite 24 hours after a Wednesday (May 25) night shooting in Manhattan’s Irving Plaza during a T.I. concert left one dead and three injured, the New York Police Department has charged New York rapper Troy Ave (Roland Collins, 30) with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, an NYPD rep confirmed to Billboard. Prior to that, the NYPD also told Billboard the rapper was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment. It’s currently unknown whom the rapper is accused of attempting to murder.
The Wednesday night shooting left 33-year-old Ronald McPhatter, Troy Ave’s longtime bodyguard, dead after suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach. Ave suffered a gunshot wound to the leg during the incident. Additionally, a 34-year-old man was hit in the chest, while a 26-year-old woman was hit in the leg; both are in stable condition, according to NYPD.
Following the shooting, Ave was privately transported from Irving Plaza to the nearby NYU Langone Medical Center for treatment. The next day, NYPD escorted him out of the hospital’s emergency department, arrested him and charged him in connection to the shooting at Irving Plaza.
Earlier today (May 26), footage hit the Internet that purportedly showed the Irving Plaza gunman aiming and firing a handgun backstage at the venue. The gunman, whom New York Daily News identified as Ave, appeared to be bleeding from the leg in the video.
Ave’s celebrated 2013 studio debut, New York City: The Album, helped put him on the 2014 XXL Freshmen Class list. His follow-up, 2015’s Major Without a Deal, featured heavy-hitting guest stars like Rick Ross, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and A$AP Ferg. It has sold approximately 13,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen Music.