(AllHipHop News) One of the victims of a deadly shooting at Irving Plaza in Manhattan still has valuable evidence regarding the crimes, but the cops can’t get to it.
Model Maggie Heckstall and three other people were injured after a fistfight involving rapper Troy Ave and others escalated into gun violence backstage during a concert headlined by T.I. last week.
On Wednesday (May 25), Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, 30, was struck in the stomach during a fight. He died at Beth Israel Hospital.
A 34-year-old man named Chris Vinson was shot in the abdomen and is expected to recover.
Troy Ave, born Roland Collins, was still undergoing surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center after accidently shooting himself in the leg.
The rapper was supposed to appear in court yesterday (May 29) for an arraignment on attempted murder charges, but the court date has been pushed back.
The fourth victim, model/dancer Maggie Heckstall, was hit in the knee and left with a shattered femur.
Heckstall can’t identify any of her assailants, but she was left with a bullet lodged inside of her leg that cannot be removed, because it’s too close to vital nerves.
In an interview with the New York Post, Maggie Heckstall said “ballistic hungry” police were harassing her for information and treating her like a criminal, and not a victim.
Detectives started interviewing Heckstall on the ambulance ride to Bellevue Hospital, where she is currently being treated.
“Anytime anyone would walk to my door, they had six officers out here, staring into my room,” Maggie Heckstall said. “I cooperated with the officers. I don’t know if they wanted me to tell them more, but I don’t know what happened. Shots went off. Lights went off. I just tried to get out the room.”
In addition to the Irving Plaza venue, Maggie Heckstall said she also plans on suing the NYPD for harassing her.
Earlier in the week, police said they were still awaiting the results of ballistic tests, but so far, all the evidence pointed to Troy Ave’s 9mm pistol.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the shells recovered at the scene had been tested and they were awaiting the results of more tests.
“I will say that shell casing you saw that was fired is in line with other shell casings recovered inside the VIP room,” Detective Boyce said.
Detective Boyce did leave open the possibility that another shooter was involved who may have fired a revolver during the melee, but offered no further details.
As for Troy Ave, he is due to make a rescheduled appearance in court later this week.
Although Troy Ave is currently charged with attempted murder, detectives could upgrade the charges to murder, as early as this week.