Troy Ave will not be charged with murder for the May 25 shooting at Irving Plaza but he is by no means in the clear.
According to TMZ, the Brooklyn rapper faces five felony charges, including attempted second degree murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon. New York state has some of the strictest gun laws in America, so if convicted on any of the five, Ave could be facing some serious jail time.
Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, Troy’s bodyguard, was killed during the shootout, which happened backstage during an ongoing T.I. concert. A weapon found in the car Troy Ave, born Roland Collins, drove to the hospital matched the one used at the crime scene.
Previously, it was thought that Troy would face some sort of murder charge after footage of the shooting showed him firing a weapon in a VIP room of the venue. His attorney, Scott Leemon, told TMZ that "the video does not show everything nor explain what happened in the VIP room before Troy came running out, as a victim, after he was shot." Leemon is also slated to request the judge release Ave on bail this week at his next hearing.
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