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.”
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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.”
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
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.