Rapper Arrested For T.I. Concert Shooting
After video surfaced, a rapper has been charged by the NYPD.
Following the deadly T.I. concert that left three people injured and one dead-- there's been some rather shocking and disheartening updates as the story builds.
Rolland Collins, also known as Troy Ave, a rapper from Brownsville, NY, was implicated as one of the three survivors of gun wounds and as the shooter, himself. After Collins was caught on video shooting in the green room of the music venue, he was arrested and charged with attempted murder and illegal weapons possession the day after the incident. Sources also say he may face a murder charge pending the results of a ballistics test.
The New York Daily News speculated that the rapper accidently shot himself in the leg, and that he was the sole culprit of the other injuries, as well. 34-year-old Christopher Vinson was shot in the abdomen, and 26-year-old Maggie Heckstall was shot in the leg; both are recovering.
The third, however, Edgar McPhatter (30), was shot in the stomach and succombed to his injuries at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. Oddly enough, McPhatter and the suspected shooter, Collins, had been longtime friends since high school. McPhatter was a known bodyguard, working for the upcoming rapper at the time. If Collins was indeed the shooter, a motive for his death is unclear, and looks to have mostly been an accident.
“If he cared about my son as much as he alleged he does, I would’ve received a call from him,” said the mother of the deceased victim, Rose McPhatter.
The reason for the shooting still remains a question as well. The earliest reports blamed the altercation on a feud between the implicated rapper and a fellow Brooklyn rapper, Maino, who had just finished performing as the opening act when the first shots rang out. Maino, however, has taken to Instagram to publicly refute all claims that he was involved in the chaos.
"First and foremost my deepest condolences to the family & friends of Ronald Mcphatter who was tragically killed last night," Maino began. "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." Read in full below.
T.I., who was unharmed and was not involved in the shooting, took to social media to express his "heavy heart" over the situation that occurred at his show. He never had the chance to perform, as the incident took place before his set.
What a horrible situation to be in, all around. Sending love to all of the victims and all affected from this tragedy.
Watch the video that implicated the rapper as the shooter below.