Troy Ave has been arrested in connection with last night’s shooting at a T.I. concert.
The Brooklyn rapper allegedly fired his gun at New York’s Irving Plaza before accidentally shooting himself in the leg, according to the New York Daily News. He has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and illegal weapons possession.
Sources tell the newspaper that Ave can be seen firing a gun in surveillance clips and that he could have been aiming for Maino, who was coming off the stage at the time of the shooting. “There is clear video, very graphic video,” an insider told NYDN. “He walks right out, women all around, and starts shooting his gun. It’s an ongoing rap group rivalry, him and Maino.”
However, Maino’s lawyers have countered these claims in a letter, according to HipHopWired. “There is no feud between rappers Maino and Troy Ave and never has been,” the letter reads.
Maino also refuted claims of his involvement on Instagram.
In part, his statement reads: “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.”
More serious charges could follow Troy Ave in this case. “Police said they were awaiting the result of ballistics tests before charging Troy Ave with murder,” the paper reports.
As previously reported, one man was killed during the chaos last night. The Daily News claims the man was Ronald “Edgar” McPhatter (also known as B$B Banga), who is reportedly a close associate of Troy’s. McPhatter’s mother, Rose, has publicly criticized Ave for not offering his condolences following the incident.
“He actually cared a lot about Troy Ave,” she told the paper. “My wish is that Troy Ave cared as much about my son as he cared about him. I say that because I watched how my son would always bend over backwards to help him. If [Troy Ave] cared about my son as much as he alleged he does, I would’ve received a call from him. He didn’t call me. He didn’t call any of my other sons.”
T.I.—who is not believed to be involved in the feud and who did not perform at the club despite being the planned headliner—has offered his condolences via social media. “My heart is heavy today,” he wrote. “Our music is intended to save lives like it has mine and many others. My heartfelt condolences to the family that suffered the loss & my prayers are with all those injured.”
UPDATE: Troy Ave, 33, has been charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the NYPD.