Rapper Troy Ave Arrested Following Shooting At Irving Plaza

Wednesday night’s shooting during a concert at Irving Plaza, where rapper T.I. was headlining, left one person dead and three wounded. On Thursday evening, news broke Brooklyn rapper, Troy Ave, who was also scheduled to be performing, was arrested in connection with the shooting.

The NYPD released video of the 33-year-old Brownsville native opening fire backstage. He’s being charged with reckless endangerment and illegal weapons possessions and could face a murder charge depending on the results of the ballistics report. During melee, he accidentally shot himself and was taken to NYU Langone Medical Center.

READ: 1 Killed, 3 Wounded at T.I. New York Concert

The shooting left one of Troy Ave’s associates, Ronald McPhatter, who was the rapper’s bodyguard, dead. The incident began on the second floor greenroom of Irving Plaza, and as rapper Maino, who was also on the bill to perform, was exiting the stage, the shooting began.

Reports are saying Troy Ave was aiming for Maino, but Maino disputes those claims, saying he and the rapper have always had a good working relationship.


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

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T.I. also expressed his condolences to the victim’s of the shooting on Instagram. 

Rest In Peace Bro. God bless.

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We’ll have more details on this story as it develops.



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