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Rapper Troy Ave claims to be the victim in fatal NYC concert shooting

May 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Rapper Troy Ave claims to be the victim in fatal NYC concert shooting

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The attorney for Roland Collins, also known as the rapper Troy Ave, accused of last week’s shooting at a T.I. Concert in New York City insists his client was the victim.

The claims made in court on Monday despite surveillance footage showing Collins opening fire gun as patrons ran for their lives.

According to the New York Daily News, Troy Ave stands accused of attempted murder and of shooting himself in the leg during last Wednesday’s chaotic concert at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza.

The 33-year-old Collins appeared in court with his right leg bandaged for his arraignment on Monday and winced in pain as he was helped by officers from a marked van into a wheelchair.

Collins pled not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

Authorities accuse Collins firing five times in the packed concert venue without any regard for the safety of others. One man was killed in the shooting, and two other people were also injured.

Prosecutors said the rapper could face upgraded murder charges in the shooting death of 30-year-old Ronald (Edgar) McPhatter pending the completion of ballistic tests.

“The defendant (Collins) is seen on video footage coming out of the VIP room where the individuals were shot,” said Assistant District Attorney Christine Keenan.

The ADA added, “He is seen with the gun in his hand and firing in the direction of fleeing patrons.”

Keenan said cops found three guns in the van Collins took to the hospital, and ballistics testing confirmed one of the firearms was fired during the incident at Irving Plaza.

However, lawyers for Collins disputed Keenan’s claims. “What really happened here is Mr. Collins here is the real victim,” said the rapper’s attorney, Scott Leemon, the Daily News reported.

He added, “The person who was killed at this event, died a hero. He was his bodyguard. He wasn’t shot by Mr. Collins. He was a lifelong friend.”

Another of Troy Ave’s lawyers added, “In the world of hip-hop, he’s not known as one of these troublemakers. He doesn’t live a gangster rap lifestyle.”

Stella said the brief video clip only tells part of the story. “This 11 seconds of video that the NYPD released, it doesn’t say what happened before, it doesn’t say what happened after. The scientific evidence will show he didn’t shoot himself.”

The claims put forth by Collins’ legal counsel was supported by the deceased victim’s brother, Shanduke McPhatter, who shared a social media post on Monday, alleging a man with outspoken podcaster TaxStone was the gunmen.

“The person fired shots at Ronald McPhatter and Troy, then dropped the gun,” the post said, before adding “Troy picked up the weapon and it was that gun he was firing in the video.”

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