Rapper Troy Ave Arrested In Connection With T.I. Concert Shooting

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On Wednesday night, T.I.’s Irving Plaza concert erupted in violence when Roland Collins, a.k.a. Troy Ave, allegedly opened fire in a greenroom. A bodyguard to Troy Ave, 30-year-old Edgar McPhatter, was shot in the torso and died at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

T.I. tweeted about the incident, which was supposedly instigated by an altercation between Collins and Bed-Stuy based rapper Maino:


In addition to McPhatter’s death, 3 others were injured. Collins shot himself in the leg during the chaotic attack. The New York Daily News shared video of the gunman entering shortly after Maino left the stage below, and people running for cover.

It’s unclear if Collins intended to shoot McPhatter, but the victim’s mother says the two had known each other since junior high school:

Before the rapper’s arrest, the victim’s mother wondered why the suspect didn’t call to offer his condolences. “If he cared about my son as much as he alleged he does, I would’ve received a call from him,” Rose McPhatter said.

Edgar McPhatter’s brother is Shanduke McPhatter, a former gangster who now serves as the executive director of the anti-violence group Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes.

Investigators believe the gun was brought in via a backstage entrance, as the front door was guarded by a metal detector.


Screenshot via NY Daily News.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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If you are carrying your own gun, then why do you need to pay a bodyguard? Isn’t that a waste of money? Or if you are paying your junior high school friend to be your bodyguard, then why can’t he be the one carrying the gun?