The man killed in the shooting at a concert at New York City’s Irving Plaza Wednesday (May 25) night has been identified as Ronald McPhatter, the bodyguard of Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave who goes by the name Banga, multiple sources have confirmed. McPhatter, 33, was shot in the stomach and later died at Beth Israel Hospital, the NYPD says.
Three others were injured in the shooting, including Troy Ave himself, who was reportedly shot in the leg and is in good condition at New York University Hospital. The other two victims are 26-year-old Maggie Heckstall and 34-year-old Christopher Vinson, both of whom are in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital, the NYPD says.
The shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in a backstage green room at the venue as opening acts Maino and Uncle Murda were performing on stage. Headliner T.I. had not yet started his set by the time shots rang out. DJ/producer Scram Jones wrote on Facebook that T.I.’s DJ was on stage for 10 minutes before the shots rang out, and that one bullet ricocheted into the room Jones was in, hitting his friend in the stomach.
TMZ obtained video of part of the incident backstage, which shows several people pushing in an overcrowded room before a series of five shots ring out, with those assembled pushing to get out of the room.
“Security really failed by letting guns in the club,” Jones continued in his Facebook post. “It was a peaceful event that a lot of kids attended. Terrible for hip hop and terrible overall.”
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton also weighed in on the incident, telling WCBS 880 Thursday (May 26) morning that the incident could be chalked up to “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they’ve lived all their lives.”
Reps for Troy Ave and T.I. have not responded to requests for comment. As of press time, no arrests have been made, though Bratton has said an arrest is close.