byÂ Charlotte Hassan
Troy Ave escapes murder chargesâ€¦
Last monthÂ at a T.I. concert, a gunman opened fire at Irving Plaza at approximately 10:15 pm. Â That was right before T.I. was due to perform on stage, creating major chaos at the venue that had approximately 950 people in attendance. Â Thankfully, the gunman opened fire in a more secluded place within VIP. Â In the end, the shooting left one fatality and three others injured.
The New York rapperÂ Troy Ave, also known as Roland Collins, was the person who wasÂ charged with attempted murder afterÂ the shootout after he was caught with a gun attempting to fire back at the gunman in what he calls â€˜self-defenceâ€™. Â The person who was killed during the shooting was Collinsâ€™ bodyguard Ronald McPhatter, and Collins himself was one of those that was injured due to a gunshot to the leg.
Collins pleaded not guilty to all charges at a Manhattan Criminal Court, and Collins attorneys Scott Lemon andÂ John Stella insisted that their client â€˜is the real victimâ€™ acting in self-defense. Â The grand jury wanted Troy Ave charged for murder, though the rapper managed to escape murder charges.
Instead, Troy Ave has been indicted on second degree attempted murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Collinsâ€™ attorneys haveÂ said that he will be requesting a release on bail this week. Â The next court hearing is tomorrow (June 22nd). Â At this stage, no other arrests have been made, though there is speculation that the police may be looking for a second shooter.