Roland Collins, the 33-year-old rapper who records as Troy Ave, was indicted on five felonies — one count of attempted murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon — Monday evening following a shooting at last month at T.I.’s New York City concert. Four people were injured, including Collins, and one person died in the incident. Collins was arrested after video emerged of him firing the shots in the crowd. He has pled not guilty to the charges.
The shooting, which left Collins’ bodyguard Ronald McPhatter dead, occurred before T.I. took the stage May 26 at Irving Plaza.
Collins’ defense attorney, Scott Leeman, is arguing that the rapper was acting in self-defense that evening. “Nothing in this indictment is a surprise or new,” he told the New York Daily News Monday. “It’s the same wrong story that NYPD has been trying to portray. The released 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.”