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NYPD conduct ballistic tests on weapon used during T.I. concert shooting

May 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
NYPD conduct ballistic tests on weapon used during T.I. concert shooting

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By Jake Pearson
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Police conducted ballistic tests Friday to determine whether more than one gun was used in a shooting inside a hip-hop concert featuring artist T.I. that killed one person and injured three others.

Among those tests was an analysis of a bullet removed from the leg of rapper Troy Ave, who remained hospitalized following his arrest on attempted murder and weapons charges in the Wednesday night shooting, a police spokesman said.

No weapons have been recovered, though tests have found that five 9-mm shell casings discovered at the scene belong to the same gun, according to Stephen Davis, the department’s top spokesman.

Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. One of his security guards, 33-year-old Ronald McPhatter, was killed in the shooting. Two others were shot and injured.

A spokeswoman for Manhattan prosecutors said she didn’t know when Collins would be arraigned.

An eight-second video clip released by police shows a limping gunman — identified by the police as Collins — burst through a VIP room door, stop and scan the room, then raise his gun and fire a single round.

There were nearly 1,000 concertgoers in the building at the time of the shooting and witnesses described a chaotic scene as people ducked under counters and clutched one another, then rushed toward exits.

What sparked the violence remains unclear, officials said.

Collins, 30, was in custody and couldn’t be reached for comment.

McPhatter’s brother, Shanduke McPhatter, said his brother “got too much into” the glamour of the hip-hop scene, and it landed him in an environment where alcohol flowed freely and trouble broke out.

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