An upstart rapper from Brooklyn with a score to settle was captured on surveillance video opening fire backstage during a T.I. concert, killing one and wounding two others at Irving Plaza, police sources said.
Roland Collins (aka Troy Ave) of Brownsville accidentally shot himself in the leg during the chaos Wednesday night, sources said. Collins was charged withattempted murder and illegal weapons possession. Sources said he’s expected to face a murder charge pending the results of a ballistics test.
The suspect, who was scheduled to perform at the show, was feuding with rapper Maino, who is based in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Maino had just left the stage when his rival fired at least five shots from a 9-mm. handgun in a green room above the stage, sources said. Video shows the 33-year-old gunman barging into the backstage area just after 10 p.m. sporting a gold chain and opening fire as people scurried for cover.
Ronald (Edgar) McPhatter, 30, was shot in the midsection and died at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. The victim’s mother said her son and the suspected shooter had known each other since junior high school.
It wasn’t clear whether the gunman — arrested Thursday at NYU Langone Medical Center — intended to shoot McPhatter. City Councilman Jumaane Williams and others who knew McPhatter said he’s captured on the chilling video entering the green room behind Troy Ave and then running past him as the rapper opens fire.
“Our music is intended to save lives, like it has mine and many others,” T.I. tweeted.
One bullet went through the floor and struck Christopher Vinson, 34, in the abdomen. Reached at Bellevue Hospital, he declined comment.
Maggie Heckstall, 26, shot in the leg, was also treated at Bellevue, where she was visited Thursday morning by 50 Cent. “God is good!” she wrote on Facebook.
Investigators believe the gun was brought in the back entrance used by the performers and their entourages, a source said. A team of at least six cops were at the main entrance and guests had to go through a metal detector. The Union Square venue holds about 1,000 people.
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