Popular Hip-Hop Personality Taxstone Charged In T.I. Concert Shooting

Police say the incident was motivated by a feud with Troy Ave.

By Jaime Lutz

Taxstone, the popular host of the hip hop podcast Tax Season, was charged Monday in last year’s fatal shooting at a New York City T.I. concert, the New York Times reported.

Police said they found Taxstone’s DNA on the 9-millimeter handgun used to wound three and kill Ronald McPhatter—the bodyguard of Troy Ave, a rapper with whom Taxstone was feuding—in the VIP room of a Manhattan concert venue.

Video shows Taxstone going into the VIP room before the shooting and then fleeing afterward, a federal complaint claimed.

Taxstone, whose birth name is Daryl Campbell, will face charges in federal court on Tuesday.

Troy Ave was also charged in the incident, for which he was accused of attempted murder. The rapper, who was shot in the leg at the concert, claimed that he wrestled the gun away from his attacker and shot back out of self-defense. Previously, Troy Ave had been accused of murder of his own bodyguard.

Taxstone was previously convicted on weapons and robbery charges in 2008.

“He’s doing as best he can for anybody charged with a federal crime,” said Kenneth Montgomery, Taxstone’s lawyer. “He’s a smart young man, and he’s concerned about his family, like anyone would be.”

[Image: Getty Images]

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