1 Dead And 3 Injured At Irving Plaza Where T.I. Was Set To Perform
One man died and three were left injured at New York City’s Irving Plaza Wednesday night (May 25) before T.I was set to take the stage.
From the great Fat Joe/Jay Z vibes of Tuesday night…..To the empty feeling of NY hip hop this morning. SMFH
— Geespin (@geespin) May 26, 2016
According to reports, at about 10:15 pm, shots rang out at the the venue which holds a little more than 1,000 people, however, it’s still unknown how many attendees were actually inside the concert hall at the time of the shooting. Troy Ave, real name Roland Collins, was shot first. The bullet hit his leg and he was transported to a nearby hospital where he is expected to recover. PIX 11 News reporter Myles Miller confirmed Thursday (May 26) 50 Cent visited Troy Ave in the hospital following the shooting.
— Myles Miller—PIX11 (@MylesMill) May 26, 2016
A 26 year old woman was shot in the leg, and a 34 year old man was shot in the chest. Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital where their condition was pronounced as stable.
Unfortunately, a 33 year old man was shot in the stomach and pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital. As of Thursday, no arrests have been made. It’s also reported the shooting, which took place when Maino and Uncle Murda were performing on stage, is not in connection with T.I.
Metal detectors for attendees were reportedly on the premises, and all the people in the green room had credentials. It’s also believed the suspect was also credentialed.
Following news of the shooting, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton called some rap artists “basically thugs” during a radio interview this morning with WCBS 880.
“The crazy world of these so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate violence they did all their lives, and unfortunately that violence often times manifests itself during their performances, and that’s exactly what happened last evening,”
When anchor Wayne Cabot countered by saying it’s been awhile since there has been problems in the “rap world and the thug culture,” Bratton replied some artist’s lifestyle follows them into the professional realm.
“The background of a lot of these young people, they are significant artists in that world…but unfortunately the lifestyles that they lived…often times follows them into the entertainment world and the success they have in it,” Bratton said.
“It’s unfortunate. You’d like to think that with all the wealth that comes from the fame, that they’ll be able to turn their lives around but they continue hanging out with the same people they hung out with when they came out of that world of desperation, poverty, and crime.”
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) May 26, 2016
Please check back for more updates, as the story is still developing.