Troy Ave Faces Charges Over Deadly Shooting at Irving Plaza
The Brooklyn rapper has reportedly pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges connected with the shooting.
Troy Ave has reportedly pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges connected with a shooting last week at a concert headlined by TI.
The Brooklyn rapper (real name Roland Collins) appeared in a Manhattan court Monday to face attempted murder charges related to incident at the Irving Plaza nightclub in Union Square last Wednesday, where T.I. was booked to perform.
Three people were wounded and a 30-year old man Ronald (Edgar) McPhatter was killed when shots were fired in the venue’s VIP room.
Collins underwent surgery to have bone fragments removed from his leg and was wheeled into court Monday, the NY Daily News reports. He was remanded without bail.
The rapper’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, however, claims his client is the victim and plays down the contents of a video which appears to show Collins firing rounds in the backstage green room as patrons fled for safety. Opening acts Maino and Uncle Murda were performing at the time gunshots were heard, while headliner T.I. had not yet taken the stage.
"What really happened here is Mr. Collins here is the real victim,” said Leemon. “The person who was killed at this event, he died a hero. He [McPhatter] was his bodyguard. He wasn't shot by Mr. Collins. He was a lifelong friend.
"This 11 seconds of video that the NYPD released, it doesn't say what happened before, it doesn't say what happened after," continued Leemon. "The scientific evidence will show he didn't shoot himself. This was another rush to judgment. In this case he's the victim and should be treated like the victim."
Collins’ charges could be upgraded to murder following the completion of ballistics tests, according to the Daily News.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.