Rapper Arrested After Deadly Concert Shooting

NYPD commissioner blames 'crazy world of so-called rap artists'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 27, 2016 2:14 AM CDT
Rapper Arrested After Deadly Concert Shooting
Ronald McPhatter's mother and brother are seen during a news conference outside of Irving Plaza in NYC on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Police investigating a deadly shooting at a packed hip-hop concert arrested a rap artist Thursday, saying surveillance footage showed him stalking through the venue firing a gun. Roland Collins, who's from Brooklyn and goes by the stage name Troy Ave, will face attempted murder and weapons charges, a police spokesman says. Four people were shot, one fatally, when a fight started Wednesday night in a performers' lounge at a Manhattan concert hall where the star rapper TI was scheduled to perform, the AP reports. The man who died, Ronald McPhatter, was a member of Collins' entourage and had been there to provide security, according to his family. Collins, 33, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, police say.

One of the victims, Christopher Vinson, was shot in the chest on the venue's ground level after a bullet traveled through the floor. Another bystander, Maggie Heckstall, was shot in the leg, authorities say. The circumstances of what prompted the fight are still under investigation. Police Commissioner William Bratton, in an interview with WCBS radio, blamed the shootings on "the crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence that they live all their lives." Mayor Bill de Blasio said afterward that he believed Bratton was "talking out of frustration." "I think it's not really right to see a whole genre through one eye," he said. "There are some rap artists and folks in the hip-hop culture doing amazing, good things for the world." (More New York City stories.)

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