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Third Victim In Irving Plaza Shooting Speaks Out

Model Maggie Carrie Heckstall is reportedly the girlfriend of rapper Maino, and took to social media to express her gratitude for life following the shooting.

One of the surviving victims in the Irving Plaza shooting has been identified.

Model and Bronx native Maggie Carrie Heckstall was identified by police shortly after the shooting, reports The New York Post. The 26-year-old was shot in the leg in the concert venue's green room while caught in the crossfire Wednesday evening (May 25.) More than 900 people were present for a concert headlined by T.I with special guest Uncle Murda, Troy Ave and Maino.

Reportedly, Troy Ave had a verbal dispute which led to the shooting. Surveillance cameras revealed the rapper fired several shots after he shot himself in the leg. Police claim five shots were heard, but another weapon hasn't been recovered.

From her hospital bed, Heckstall, who is also reportedly the girlfriend of rapper Maino, reflected on the incident on social media.

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I'm SO VERY grateful for life.

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Another victim who was shot in the chest has not been identified. B$B affiliate Ronald McPhatter, 33, was shot in the stomach and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Ave, born Ronald Collins, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Police claim Collins can face more charges following a ballistics testing.

Meanwhile, Heckstall is having trouble seeing her family due to the NYPD's extensive investigation. Her lawyer Emel McDowell tells the Post the police have made Heckstall's recovery "miserable."

“[Police] want to investigate and we get that, but don’t make her life miserable because she took a stray bullet,” McDowell said.“We understand the NYPD is doing their job, but she’s not under investigation,” he said. “She’s not in custody for the crime. She didn’t ask for police protection. She’s obviously a victim in this. They’re making her life worse by doing this.”

A firm representing Heckstall has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the NYPD to remove the officers from her room in the hospital.

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With the month of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Waka Flocka Flame shared a major announcement with fans. The rapper and reality star is dedicating his life to suicide prevention and mental health awareness, he shared on Monday (May 25).

“I’m officially dedicating my life to suicide prevention and mental illness! Ya’ll not alone Waka Flocka Flame is with ya’ll now,” he tweeted.

Waka’s younger brother, Coades “Kayo Redd” Scott, died by suicide in 2013. In a follow-up tweet, Waka revealed that he’s slowly learning to accept his brother’s passing.

“You have no idea how it feel[s] to wanna [take] your own life man…my little brother took his own life man…and I deal with this fact every birthday because his birthday [is] the day after mines [sic] June 1st. This year I’m officially accepting the fact that he’s in a better place.”

The 33-year-old recording artist, whose other brother was killed in 2000, opened up about losing his younger brother in a 2017 episode of The Therapist, where he revealed that Kao tried to get in contact with him prior to committing suicide.

“Before my little brother died, I ain’t pick up the phone and I seen him call. I was like, ‘f**k lemme call Kayo back, as soon as this s**t lover.’ And I called him back, no answer.”

“What if I would’ve picked that call up? What the f**k is my little brother going through that made my little brother kill himself?”

 

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2 Chainz’s Atlanta Restaurant Shut Down Over Social Distancing Violations

Less than a month after reopening, 2 Chainz’s Escobar Restaurant & Tapas has been temporarily shut down for violating the state’s social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Public Health and Safety cited the eatery on Sunday (May 24), after receiving complaints about the number of customers inside the restaurant and bar. Georgia guidelines limits occupancy to 10 patrons per 300 square feet.

“When I entered the establishment, the entire facility was full of patrons, shoulder to shoulder, and was unable to enter safely,” a DPS officer wrote in an incident reports according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV. The DPS officer also observed the “same violations” that caused DPS to issue an initial warning to the facility.

The manager on duty had security clear out the room but State Police ordered Escobar to close on Monday (May 25) after the violations were not fixed. Various videos posted to Escobar’s Instagram Story prove that the venue was indeed packed with customers.

In April, Georgia’s governor announced that restaurants, hair salons, and other businesses could reopen for in-person service despite the state's rising cases of COVID-19. Escobar, which had been serving takeout orders only, faced backlash after revealing plans to reopen for dine-in service following the governor’s announcement. The restaurant decided to remain closed for a little while longer and fed several of Atlanta’s homeless before fully reopening in early May.

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Doja Cat Speaks Out After Being Accused Of Joining White Supremacist Chat Rooms

After trending online for the entire Memorial Day Weekend, Doja Cat publicly addressed allegations of racism and engaging in white supremacist chat rooms on Tiny Chat.

On Sunday (May 24), the “Say So” rapper posted a lengthy Instagram statement in response to numerous tweets exposing her alleged online activity, including saying “n**ger” in a predominately white video chat room and recording a song named after a racial slur.

“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations,” Doja explained in the statement. “I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”

“I’m a black woman,” she added. “Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very prude of where I came from.”

 

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A day later, Doja took to Instagram Live to further explain herself and deny allegations of self-hate, fetishizing white men, and race play.

Later in the video, Doja denied rumors that she recorded the song, “Dindu Nothin,” to make fun of police brutality. According to Doja, the song was an attempt at reclaiming the little-known slur, though she did admit that the song was a terrible idea.

Watched the full apology below.

 

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