May 27, 2016


T.I. Shares Thoughts on Concert Shooting: 'My Heart Is Heavy Today'

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Brad Barket/Getty Images for HISTORY

T.I. sent condolences to the victims of Wednesday night's shooting at his Irving Plaza concert in New York City, saying his "heart is heavy." One person was killed while three were injured during the incident, which erupted in the venue's green room before T.I. took the stage. The rapper Troy Ave was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and possession of illegal weapons following the gun battle. 

On Thursday evening (May 26), T.I. issued a solemn message via Twitter to the family of Ronald McPhatter, who succumbed to a gunshot wound to the stomach after serving as Troy Ave's bodyguard at the concert. His message reads in full: 

“My heart is heavy today. Our music is intended to save lives, like it has mine and many others. My heartfelt condolences to the family that suffered the loss & my prayers are with all those injured. Respectfully, Tip.”

So far, only Troy Ave has been charged with any crime stemming from the incident, although detectives are examining ballistics evidence to see whether the rapper will face additional charges, Yahoo notes. According to video taken from the scene, Ave shot himself in the leg during the gunfight. He walked into a nearby New York University medical center shortly afterward, seeking medical attention. 

The two remaining victims—a 34-year-old man shot in the chest and a 26-year-old woman shot in the leg—are both expected to make full recoveries.