Did Troy Ave Accidentally Shoot Himself in New York Club Shooting?

By Robyn Collins

Strange evidence seems to be mounting against Troy Ave in the shooting case at a T.I. concert last week that killed one man and injured three others. The latest theory is that the Brooklyn rapper may have accidentally shot himself in the foot before entering Irving Plaza, the New York club where the shootings occurred.

Related: 50 Cent Defends Troy Ave

Police found a gun in a hidden compartment of the car that was used to drive rapper Troy Ave (aka Roland Collins) to the hospital and matched the weapon to the bullet that killed the rapper’s friend and bodyguard, according to DNAinfo New York. Police are looking into the possibility that as Troy Avenue pulled his weapon it went off and a bullet struck his foot, then bounced of the wooden floor, striking and injuring bystander Christopher Vinson.

In a surveillance video released by the NYPD, Troy Ave appears wounded and limping following his friend and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter out of a crowded green room moments before opening fire. Investigators believe the bullet was intended for rapper Maino, but that Troy Ave accidentally shot and killed McPhatter.

After the shooting, Troy Ave was captured on another video hobbling along 14th Street to a car driven by a manager and with two women inside, reported Rolling Stone. Shortly after, the vehicle showed up at NYU Langone Hospital and police were able to obtain a search warrant to search the car. Police found three handguns, including the one that killed McPhatter, inside the compartment. DNA tests on the guns will determine who was handling the weapons, sources said.

Troy Ave was formally charged with attempted murder on Monday, but the charge is expected to include murder following the ballistic exams, sources said.

Scott Leemon, one of Troy Ave’s lawyers, denied his client shot himself or McPhatter and insisted the rapper was a victim. “The evidence will show he did not shoot himself,” Leemon said. “And the person who was killed at this event, he died a hero,” Leemon said the video clip released by police “doesn’t say what happened before, and it doesn’t say what happened after.”

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