Rapper Troy Ave Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder Charge, Lawyer Issues Statement
(AllHipHop News) Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave has officially been arraigned on charges that include attempted murder, for his role in a backstage shooting during a concert headlined by T.I. last week.
Troy Ave, born Roland Collins and three other people were injured on May 25, after a fist fight turned deadly in a backstage green room at Irving Plaza in Manhattan.
Earlier in the week, police said all of the evidence was consistent with shots fired from Troy Ave’s 9mm, but they also left open the possibility that a revolver was also fired.
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A close associate of Troy Ave’s named Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, 30, died after he was struck in the stomach.
Another 34-year-old man was shot in the abdomen, while a woman was hit in the knee and left with and shattered femur.
Over the weekend, Troy Ave underwent surgery after taking a bullet in the leg.
The arraignment on the attempted murder charge could mean there was another shooter responsible, but police have also stated they could upgrade the charges, depending on the results of ballistic tests.
“The most important thing in this case is that Troy Ave is an actual victim here,” Troy Ave’s attorney Scott Leemon told AllHipHop.com.
Assistant DA Christine Keena said police recovered three guns, including the one used in the shooting, in the van that transported Troy Ave to the hospital.
“This defendant is on video coming out of the VIP room where the individuals were shot,” Assistant DA Christine Keenan told The New York Daily News. ”He had the gun in his hand and was seen firing that gun in the direction of fleeing patrons."
Attorney Scott Leemon said that the shocking video that was released by the NYPD showing Troy Ave blasting away only shows a portion of what happened.
“He didn’t shoot himself, he didn’t shoot his lifelong friend and bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter,” Scott Leemon told AllHipHop.com. “Ronald died a hero and should be remembered that way. The snippet of the video released by NYPD doesn’t tell the whole story."
Troy Ave has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bail.