UPDATED 5/29/16: In what will surely be the first delay in the long process leading to a potential trial, Troy Ave's first court appearance has been pushed back as the rapper continues to heal from a self-inflicted gun shot to the leg. New York Daily News reports Ave, real name Roland Collins, recently underwent surgery to have bone fragments removed from his leg. His next scheduled court date is unclear at this time.
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Troy Ave has been arrested following the deadly shooting at the T.I. concert Wednesday night at NYC's Irving Plaza. The NYPD confirmed his arrest in a tweet, saying he had been charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
According to an earlier report from New York Daily News, "Police said they were awaiting the result of ballistics tests before charging Troy Ave with murder." An anonymous source told NYDN that “there is clear video, very graphic video. He walks right out, women all around, and starts shooting his gun." In the video below, a man that appears to be Troy Ave can be seen firing off shots at the venue.
Interestingly, Maino spoke out on Instagram today to deny reports that himself or his entourage were involved in the shooting or had any beef with Troy Ave. "First and foremost my deepest condolences to the family & friends of Ronald Mcphatter who was tragically killed last night," he wrote. "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."
He went on to explain that he has a friendly relationship with Troy Ave—whose leg was grazed by a bullet—and that he would never wish him harm. "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... Our deepest sympathies again to family of Ronald McPhatter and a speedy recovery to Troy Ave."
Some media reports—including the New York Daily News article cited above —claim that the shooting was the result of an argument between Maino's crew and Troy Ave's. It took place in a third floor green room at NYC's Irving Plaza while Maino and Uncle Murda were on stage performing. The shooting resulted in the death of Ronald "BSBBanga" McPhatter, a member of Troy's entourage, and the wounding of three others, including Troy. All the victims aside from McPhatter are expected to recover.
Ronald McPhatter's mother Rose McPhatter slammed Troy Ave earlier today in an interview with New York Daily News. “He actually cared a lot about Troy Ave. My wish is that Troy Ave cared as much about my son as he cared about him," she said. "I say that because I watched how my son would always bend over backwards to help him... If he 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.”
You can check out Maino's Instagram post below, and find out more about the incident here.