Rapper is accused of various charges including attempted murder
Troy Ave has pleaded not guilty over a shooting at a T.I. gig in New York.
The rapper appeared in court yesterday (May 30) after one person was killed and three others were left with gunshot injuries at a gig last week.
The victim of the fatal shooting was Ronald McPhatter, who was working as a security guard for Ave when he was shot. After CCTV footage of the incident was studied, Ave was charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Support act Maino And Uncle Murda were performing when shots were fired at the third-floor VIP area of the Irving Plaza club at 10.15pm on May 25.
Prosecutors say the rapper “recklessly fired a gun five times in a crowded venue” with no concern about the consequences and that he shot himself in the leg, reports New York’s Daily News.
“This defendant is on video coming out of the VIP room where the individuals were shot,” said Assistant District Attorney Christine Keenan.
“He had the gun in his hand and was seen firing that gun in the direction of fleeing patrons.”
But defence lawyer Scott Leemon said McPhatter wasn’t killed by the rapper.
“What really happened here is Mr Collins here is the real victim,” he added.
“The person who was killed at this event, he died a hero. He was his bodyguard. He wasn’t shot by Mr Collins. He was a lifelong friend.”
Collins has released the albums ‘New York City: The Album’ and ‘Major Without A Deal’. His singles have featured the likes of Rick Ross, Ty Dolla Sign, 50 Cent and Raekwon.