T.I.’s Rapper Buddy in Deep Shit for NYC Shootings

Four people were shot and one person was killed before a T.I. gig at Irving Plaza in New York City on Wednesday night. There’s now been an arrest.

Troy Ave (real name: Roland Collins) has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon along with menacing and reckless endangerment. Let’s go to the video.

It’s alleged that the melee broke out when Maino, another rapper on the bill, left the stage and was confronted by Troy over some beef. The dead man has been identified as Troy Ave’s bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, killed by a gunshot wound to the stomach. Another man was hit in the chest while a woman took a slug in the leg. Troy apparently accidently shot himself, suffering a mild wound to the leg. He managed to get himself to the hospital where he was arrested.

This being NYC, things continue to escalate. Here’s what NYPD Bill Bratton had to say about the incident: “The crazy world of the so-called rap artists, who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they’ve lived all their lives. And unfortunately that violence often manifests itself during the performances, and that’s exactly what happened last evening.”

The reaction has been predictable.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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