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Rapper Troy Ave Charged with Attempted Murder


Johnny Nunez/Getty ImagesTroy Ave was formally charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday in connection with a fatal shooting at New York City’s Irving Plaza last Wednesday, according to the New York Times.

The 33-year-old rapper — whose birth name is Roland Collins — had his request for $50,000 bail denied by the judge, who ordered him to be held without bond until trial.

Collins’ lawyers claim he wasn’t responsible for the gunfire that erupted backstage at the club just before rapper T.I. was scheduled to perform.

An eight-second clip of a security camera video released on Thursday shows Collins bursting through the door of a V.I.P. room on the second floor of the theater, onto a balcony. Limping, he scans the room, raises a gun and fires a shot, the muzzle flashing. The complaint claims the video shows that Collins fired in, “the direction of other individuals.”

The police allege a fistfight broke out in one of the V.I.P. rooms a few minutes earlier, just before someone opened fire. A video from inside the room, posted by TMZ, reportedly shows a group of men trying to break up a fight. Then three shots ring out.

One of Collins’ bodyguards, Ronald McPhatter, was killed in the shooting. Three people were wounded, including Collins, who was shot in the leg.

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