4 Shot, 1 Killed at NYC Rap Concert

TI never took the stage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2016 12:41 AM CDT
This image made from video shows people inside Irving Plaza after the shooting.   (Elijah Rodriguez via AP)
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(Newser) – One person was killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist TI was scheduled to perform Wednesday night, police say. It happened around 10:15pm at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square, the AP reports. Police say a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach. One of the men later died at a hospital; police did not say which one. A 26-year-old woman was shot in the leg. Police say a fourth person walked into a hospital on their own.

Elijah Rodriguez says he was in the VIP area by the stage and that TI was supposed to begin performing around 9:30pm, but "he never showed up." He says that around 10pm, the venue started playing music again, and at about 10:15pm, he saw a line of people coming out from where the performers were coming onstage. "All the sudden I heard someone saying that there was a shot, that someone got shot," Rodriguez says. Video taken inside the venue showed a chaotic scene as concertgoers rushed to the sides, trying to leave the area as a group of people tended to a person on the floor. Representatives for TI, whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., say they're referring all questions about the shooting to police. (Read more New York City stories.)

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