*Unfortunately we have to report that one person was killed and three others were wounded because of a shooting inside a New York City concert venue where T.I. was scheduled to perform.
According to reports, it went down around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday evening at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan’s Union Square. The venue is a 1,025-person ballroom-style music facility.
NYPD authorities say a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach. One of the men later died at a hospital. It’s not known at this point, which one. A 26-year-old woman was shot in the leg. Police said a fourth person walked into a hospital on their own.
Pointing the finger at T.I.’s tardiness
A concert goer by the name of Elijah Rodriguez, along with his sister, were in the VIP area by the stage told theAP that TI was supposed to go on stage at 9 or 9:30 p.m. but “he never showed up.” At or around 10 p.m. he said the venue started playing music again, and at about 10:15 p.m., he saw a line of people coming out from where the performers were coming onstage.
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Te AP says Rodriguez didn’t actually hear the shots himself, but heard people saying that someone had gotten shot.
“It was scary to deal with. When I got outside, like literally across the street, there were a few girls having, like, panic attacks. One girl thought she saw someone get shot in front of her,” Rodriguez said, adding that T.I was not onstage when the shots were fired.
T.I.’s reps said they were referring all questions about the shooting to police.
As of this posting, no arrests have been made.
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