Troy Ave was indicted on felony charges Monday stemming from the fatal shooting during a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza in New York City on May 25.
The 33-year-old performer — whose real name is Roland Collins — was indicted on one count of attempted murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, according to documents filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to the New York Daily News.
However, Collins avoided a murder charge in relation to the incident that left his is bodyguard, Ronald (Edgar) McPhatter dead.
Collins has denied that he shot McPhatter, and his attorney, Scott Leemon, says police accounts of him shooting himself in the leg are false.
“Nothing in this indictment is a surprise or new. 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,” Leemon said.
Bizarrely, Collins proclaimed his innocence in a freestyle rap made during a jail call from Rikers Island, the Daily News reported.
“I took the gun from him and turned the tables round like a G,” he sang.
T.I. had not yet taken the stage when gunfire broke out at the venue last month. Brooklyn-based Flatbush Zombies opened for the hip hop star at the 1,200-person venue.
McPhatter, 33, was later pronounced dead at New York’s Beth Israel Hospital after being shot in the stomach during gunfire in the VIP room.