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Troy Ave Charged With Attempted Murder, Denied Bail

Following last week's concert shooting, rapper also charged with criminal possession of a weapon

Troy Ave was formally charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon on Monday (May 30), following last week's shooting at Irving Plaza in New York City.

According to The New York Times, the Brooklyn native, born Roland Collins, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday, where the judge ordered that he be held without bail until his trial. His lawyers, Scott Leemon and John Stella, had asked Judge Ushir Pandit-Durant to set the bail at $50,000.

The incident occurred on May 25 at a concert where T.I. was scheduled to headline. Ronald "Banga" McPhatter, a longtime friend of Troy's, was killed; no one has been charged in his death. Three others were injured, including Troy, who was shot in the leg. In a video captured by the New York Daily News, he entered the courtroom in a wheelchair.

A security camera video taken at the venue and released last week appeared to depict Troy entering a VIP section and firing a weapon. Detective John Santiago reportedly pointed to this video as the evidence of the 33-year-old's involvement.

"This defendant is on video coming out of the VIP room where the individuals were shot," Assistant District Attorney Christine Keenan said, according to the Daily News. "He had the gun in his hand and was seen firing that gun in the direction of fleeing patrons."

Leemon, though, told a different story of Troy's involvement. “He’s the real victim here,” he said. "McPhatter died a hero trying to protect Mr. Collins. He was not shot by Mr. Collins.”


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