NYPD releases video of shooter at T.I. concert; rapper Troy Ave arrested

UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (WPVI) -- Rapper Troy Ave has been arrested after four people - including himself - were shot in a third-floor green room at the Irving Plaza Wednesday night, before rapper T.I. was set to perform.

NYPD officials released new, very clear video late Thursday they said shows Troy Ave firing at least one shot inside the venue.


Troy Ave, 30, whose real name is Roland Collins, is being charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Police tell Eyewitness News he could face additional charges, depending on the results of ballistics tests.

Police aren't sure if there was more than one shooter in the ordeal, but say the ballistics evidence will tell them that.

Police say they released the video in an effort to identify the people seen in the footage, who were in the room when the shooting happened.

The NYPD said Troy Ave shot himself in the leg during a struggle at the club. After the shooting, they said he left and was driven to NYU Hospital. He was then transferred to Bellevue, where he was arrested.

One man died from his injuries in the shooting.


At 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, police say rapper T.I. was about to take the stage at the ballroom-style music venue when the shooting began in the green room, which is upstairs. Rappers Maino and Uncle Murda were performing, and officials said Thursday the incident began as a fistfight that turned into a gunfight after a few minutes.

The gunman and the victims were all credentialed guests with access to the VIP/green room area. There does not appear to have been any screening at the VIP area, which was filled with performers, their entourages and guests. According to police, most of the people involved are from Brooklyn and have prior records.

There were about 950 people in the concert building at 17 Irving Place during the shooting.


Police initially said Troy Ave was the first person shot.

Ronald McPhatter, 33, was shot in the stomach and pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital.

His mother, Rose, told Eyewitness News that her son took a bullet to save a friend.

"Right now I probably am trying to figure out what happened and why. You know, I want answers," she said.

She said Edgar and Troy Ave were longtime friends.

"My son jumped in to assist Troy," she said. "He was very protective. He was very protective of his family."

One man, who was not involved in the fight, was shot downstairs by a bullet that went through the floor. He was hit in the abdomen, and is likely to recover, said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.

A 26-year-old woman also was shot in the leg while in the green room and was taken to Bellevue in stable condition.


The shooting is not believed to be connected to rapper T.I., who left the green room before the shots were fired. But an appearance scheduled for later in the night at another club, 1 Oak, was canceled and police closed the club for a period.

There were metal detectors for concert-goers at Irving Plaza.

Detectives say they know who was in the green room, and were working to interview everyone there at the time of the shooting.

Five 9mm casings were recovered from the scene, Boyce said, indicating a 9mm handgun was used.

Rapper T.I. posted a message on social media late Thursday:

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