Rapper Troy Ave Dodges Murder Charge After Shooting Up T.I. Concert

He will be facing five other felony counts though.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Rapper Troy Ave will not be charged with murder following a shooting at a T.I. concert that left his own bodyguard dead and three others (including himself) injured. However, he will be facing five other felony counts.

The May 25th shooting occurred prior to a T.I. performance at Irving Plaza in NYC. Before T.I. could take to the stage, an altercation broke out backstage in a green room, and shots were fired. After surveillance footage revealed Troy opening fire at the Irving Plaza venue, he was subsequently arrested, and The Daily News now reports that Troy Ave - legal name Roland Collins - has been indicted on one count of attempted murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Since being arrested, Collins has denied not only shooting himself in the leg, but also fatally shooting his bodyguard and longtime friend Ronald McPhatter, though police have stated that all bullets and shell casings from that night have been traced back to a single weapon found in Collins' minivan.

The rapper even released a freestyle rap recorded from Rikers Island, wherein he claims that he wrestled a gun away from someone else and was only firing back. His attorney plans to ask the judge to release the rapper on bail at his next hearing.

"Nothing in this indictment is a surprise or new," his attorney, Scott Leemon, said in an interview with The Daily News. "It's the same wrong story that NYPD has been trying to portray. The released video does not show everything nor explain what happened in the VIP room before Troy came running out, as a victim, after he was shot."

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