By Annie Reuter
Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder after a shooting last week that left one dead and three injured at a T.I. concert at New York music venue Irving Plaza.
Troy Ave was arraigned on Monday (May 30) in New York and could be charged with murder after an alleged fist fight backstage at a T.I. concert went terribly wrong, according to the New York Daily News. Prosecutors say the rapper, aka Roland Collins, “recklessly fired a gun five times in a crowded venue” with no concern for the consequences. Meanwhile, his defense attorney Scott Leemon says otherwise.
“The most important thing in this case is that Troy Ave is an actual victim here,” Leemon told AllHipHop. “He didn’t shoot himself, he didn’t shoot his lifelong friend and bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter. Ronald died a hero and should be remembered that way. The snippet of the video released by NYPD doesn’t tell the whole story.”
The shooting was allegedly due to a beef between two rival crews, reported the New York Daily News. Troy Ave is currently being held without bail.