According to authorities, the rapper T. I. was set to perform for approximately 1,025 people. The gunfight occurred backstage in the VIP area after a fistfight spilled out onto the stage. The incident was also captured on security video backstage.
The injured include Roland Collins who goes by his stage name of Rapper Troy Ave. Collins was shot in the leg, as was 26-year-old model Maggie Carrie Heckstal. Three additional people were hurt trying to flee the scene of the fatal fight. All are expected to survive.
The deceased has been identified as Ronald "Edgar" McPhatter, 33, a Brooklyn anti-violence activist. McPhatter was shot in the abdomen and was transported to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital where he died as the result of his wounds on Thursday.
After examining the video, police investigators have arrested Rapper Troy Avenue in connection with the incident. Police are uncertain as to whether Collins had intended to shoot the victim. He was arrested by police at Langone Medical Center.
No one wants to go to a concert or event expecting to have a great time seeing a show and end up getting hurt. Concert promoters, club owners and artists have an obligation to their audiences in ensuring their safety. While it was fortunate that the incident was captured on video backstage, having adequate security backstage and installing metal detectors may have prevented an incident such as this one from happening in the first place.
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