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Rapper Troy Ave released on $500G bail as police continue to investigate shooting at T.I. concert

July 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Rapper Troy Ave released on $500G bail as police continue to investigate shooting at T.I. concert

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Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave posted $500,000 bail on Monday, securing his release from jail, where he’s been held since his arrest on attempted murder and weapons possession charges stemming from May’s fatal shooting incident during a T.I. concert in New York City.

Ronald McPhatter suffered a fatal gunshot wound, and Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, was shot in the leg during the May 25th incident at Irving Plaza event hall in Manhattan.

McPhatter was a childhood friend of Collins and also worked as a bodyguard for the hip-hop artist, who has vehemently denied he fired the shot that killed his friend.

Police arrested Troy Ave after video surveillance footage surfaced showing Troy Ave firing a semiautomatic handgun as clubgoers desperately sought cover in the club’s second-floor green room.

Collins had his mother put up her Brooklyn home as collateral to secure his release. He appeared in court on Monday in a wheelchair for his bail hearing.

According to the New York Daily News, prosecutors agreed to a half-million dollars bail package with conditions that included requiring him to wear an ankle bracelet.

The terms of his bond also barred Collins from attending any concert venues, arenas, nightclubs or bars and must not leave the city while his case is pending. It would also prevent the rapper from visiting his kids, who live in New Jersey.

His attorney John Stella said the conditions hurts his client’s career professionally, and financially because he will be missing contracted shows he was scheduled to perform.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass, told the judge that McPhatter’s shooting death is still under investigation and maintained that Collins has not been ruled out as a suspect.

Steinglass also said neither the rapper nor any of his entourage have been cooperative in the investigation and refused to tell detectives who their rival was the night the shooting occurred.

“What is clear is that the investigation from the outset has been hampered by the defendant who not only fired and removed the weapon from the crime scene, but he has refused to help in any way (to identify) who killed McPhatter,” Steinglass said.

However, the prosecutor later clarified his statements, saying it remained unclear whether Collins was, in fact, the only shooter or if another gunman is involved.

“That’s not suggesting those are two separate people. It may well be the same person,” Steinglass said.

Stella has maintained that Collins fired shots in self-defense after he wrestled the gun away from another man who killed McPhatter.

“We feel that we have a case to present that will ultimately exonerate him and show that his actions were justified,” Stella told reporters after the hearing outside the court.

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