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Rapper Troy Ave shot on Christmas Day in Brooklyn, New York

December 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Rapper Troy Ave shot on Christmas Day in Brooklyn, New York

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Rapper Troy Ave, who has been accused of attempted murder in association with a deadly skirmish at Irving Plaza, managed to survive being shot on Christmas Day on a Brooklyn street corner.

The 34-year-old, whose real name is Roland Collins, was sitting in his vehicle car just before 4:30 p.m., when an attacker approached him and opened fire.

One bullet grazed his head, and he was shot in the arm, then he brought himself to Brookdale Hospital, which is located about six blocks away from the scene, according to the New York Daily News.

His red Maserati convertible remained on the scene with its doors opened and blood was covering the driver’s seat.

Collins and his girlfriend stopped at a red light when a gunman, who wore a hoodie pulled down to cover his face, began shooting through the driver’s side window, according to John Stella, his attorney.

“He looked to his left. He saw that the guy had a gun and was about to fire, and he started driving away,” Stella stated. “He continued driving and he reached the point where he was bleeding pretty profusely, and apparently a good Samaritan drove him and his girl the rest of the way to Brookdale.”

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Stella also noted that a bullet hit him in the shoulder, and remained stuck in his back.

“He’s in pain, but he’s grateful. He said that he feels blessed that this wasn’t fatal in the end,” Stella added.

The rapper remains free on a $500,000 bail after a May shooting at a T.I. show that killed his bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter.

Collins, who was struck in the leg, argued that he grappled the gun away from the man who murdered McPhatter and shot back in self-defense.

Police investigate the Brooklyn crime scene where rapper Troy Ave was shot on Christmas Day

“Tonight, Troy Ave was targeted again on Christmas,” his lawyer, Scott Leemon, said in a statement on Sunday. “In Brooklyn, going to meet his family for the holiday, he was shot two times. Thankfully, he will survive the second attempt on his life.”

Earlier this month, Collins spoke to 20 high school students at Columbia University.

Showing the students his GPA monitor, he stated, “This comes from choices I had to make at the time. It was either fight for my life or fight for my freedom…. Now I gotta fight to clear my name.”

Collins is scheduled to appear in court on January 26th. No other gunmen in the Irving Plaza incident have been apprehended.

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