*Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave has been arrested in connection with Wednesday night’s deadly shooting at T.I.’s concert in New York, reports the New York Daily News.
Troy Ave has reportedly been charged with opening fire backstage at Irving Plaza, which resulted in the death of his bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter and left three injured, including Ave himself, who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.
Ave has been charged with reckless endangerment, illegal weapons possession, and criminal use of a firearm, according to the Daily News. The NYPD is awaiting the results of ballistics tests before Ave can be charged with murder.
“There is clear video, very graphic video. He walks right out, women all around, and starts shooting his gun,” the source says.
The shooting reportedly stemmed from a dispute between Ave and rapper Maino, who had performed just before chaos erupted. In a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday, Maino denied having any involvement in the shooting.
First and foremost my deepest condolences to the family & friends of Ronald Mcphatter who was tragically killed last night. Despite having to cope with more senseless violence. I woke up to the usual FALSE and ridiculous lies being circulated by irresponsible members of the media. What transpired was absolutely NOT the result of MYSELF or ANYBODY IN MY CAMP , ENTOURAGE, TRAVELING PARTY or ORGANIZATION IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. We entered the venue respectfully as always and exited in shocked like all other concertgoers. For the last 5 years Troy Ave, his team and I have had a great working relationship. Not only have we performed and done several songs together but we’ve had many personal conversations about life our goals and efforts as musicians. Despite media reports to the contrary, there are No “ongoing beefs” or “entourage issues.” It always has been and always will be good relations between myself AND MY TEAM and @TroyAve @Hovain @YoungLitoBsB and the BSB crew. Our deepest sympathies again to family of Ronald McPhatter and a speedy recovery to Troy Ave. The movement will not be stopped. #BROOKLYNUNITED #HEARDYOU
Below, disturbing footage of the shooting released by the NYPD:
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