Two fans in the crowd at a concert headlined by T.I. at Irving Plaza in Manhattan on May 25 are suing the venue and its owner, Live Nation, according to a report from TMZ. The two allege they were trampled in a panic caused by gunshots in the backstage area that left one person dead and three people wounded, including Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave.
The report says both fans were left with “serious” injuries and mental anguish from the stampede of people rushing out of the venue after shots were fired. The suit alleges the venue is at fault for not screening attendees thoroughly enough, a situation that allowed the gun to be brought into the venue in the first place. Neither fan was among those wounded in the actual shooting.
Troy Ave’s bodyguard, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, was killed in the shooting that erupted after a fight broke out in the green room of the venue, during which Troy and two others were also shot. In the ensuing moments, surveillance video allegedly shows Troy walking out into a hallway on a balcony in the backstage area and firing a gun; attorneys for the rapper have insisted that the 11-second clip does not show the whole story and that Troy (real name: Roland Collins) and McPhatter were the real victims.
Police are currently investigating the incidents in the green room and in the hallway separately. No arrests have been made in the green room situation; Troy was arrested and charged with attempted murder for the hallway incident and was released on $500,000 bond on July 11. On Aug. 8, Troy’s attorneys announced that he was suing Irving Plaza and Live Nation over negligent security measures.
Both a rep for Live Nation and lawyer Vincent Provezano, the attorney for the two fans in the new lawsuit, did not return requests for comment.