“Troy Ave in 2012 tweeted about his fears of being busted with a weapon,” nypost.com reports. “Man i jus had a Nightmare that I got arrested with a gun, i was mad upset.” He also wrote, “man i’d rather accidentally get a bitch pregnant than catch a gun charge.” I guess there a “bitch” somewhere who remain unimpregnated by Mr. Ave, given that he’s been arrested on a gun charge . . .
Dramatic video released by the NYPD on Thursday shows a rapper with a bloody bullet wound opening fire inside Irving Plaza before a T.I. concert, amid terrifying chaos in the backstage area.
The gunman, Troy Ave (above), emerged from the VIP green room right behind his close pal and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter, who in the video collapses to the ground with a fatal gunshot to the chest.
Troy Ave, who’s real name is Roland Collins, then fires at least two shots as concertgoers duck for cover in the 10 p.m. mayhem before the video cuts off.
Now hang on a moment. It is possible if not probable that Mr. Ave acted in self-defense (the rapper has an “extensive” rap sheet), after being shot in the leg in the club’s [unvideoed] green room. Innocent until proven guilty?
That said, I don’t think Mr. Ave (real name Roland Collins) had a valid New York City gun permit. That said, neither he nor any other NYC resident should have to have one. Just sayin’ . . .