The Latest: NYC rapper arrested in shooting at concert hall

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting inside a New York City concert venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform (all times local):

7 p.m.

Police say they’ve arrested a Brooklyn rapper in connection with a deadly shooting at a New York City hip-hop concert.

Police say 30-year-old Roland Collins was arrested Thursday on attempted murder and weapons possession charges. They say more charges are possible.

The Brooklyn-based performer goes by the stage name Troy Ave. He was also shot in the leg Wednesday night.

Police identified the slain man as Ronald McPhatter. Relatives say he worked as a bodyguard for Collins.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Collins had an attorney who could comment on the charges. A message left at a number listed for him hasn’t been returned.

The concert was to feature a performance by rapper T.I. but police say he didn’t take the stage.

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5:45 p.m.

Relatives say a man fatally shot during a New York City hip-hop concert worked as bodyguard for another rapper at the venue.

Shanduke McPhatter says Thursday his brother Ronald McPhatter was working for Brooklyn-based rapper Roland Collins when he was shot Wednesday night.

Collins goes by the stage name Troy Ave. He was also shot in the leg at the packed Manhattan concert hall.

A 26-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man were also injured in the shooting.

Police say what began as a fistfight in the venue’s green room turned into a shooting, spilling into a second-level balcony VIP area

Police have released surveillance footage showing a man calmly emerging from the green room with a gun and surveying the VIP area for a target before firing off a shot.

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1:45 p.m.

Police have identified the four victims shot following a fistfight in the VIP area of a New York City hip-hop concert featuring rapper T.I.

Authorities said Thursday that 33-year-old Ronald McPhatter was fatally shot in the stomach during Wednesday night’s shooting. His brother, Shanduke McPhatter, runs an anti-violence nonprofit called Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes. He hasn’t returned a message.

Authorities say Brooklyn-based rapper Roland Collins was shot in the leg. He goes by the stage name Troy Ave.

They say 26-year-old Maggie Heckstall was shot in the leg and 34-year-old Christopher Vinson was shot in the chest.

Collins, Heckstall and Vinson are in stable condition.

Investigators say it doesn’t appear T.I. was involved in the dispute. They’ve not made any arrests.

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1:05 p.m.

New York City’s police commissioner has called rap artists “basically thugs” a day after a shooting at a hip-hop concert left one person dead and three others injured.

In an interview Thursday with WCBS radio, William Bratton cited “the crazy world of these so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate violence they did all their lives.” He says, “Unfortunately, that violence often times manifests itself during their performances.”

Shots rang out Wednesday night at a venue where rapper T.I. was getting ready to perform. Performers Maino and Uncle Murda were on stage at the time.

Bratton says even after rappers become famous, they “continue hanging out with the same people they hung out with when they came out of that world of desperation, poverty, and crime.”

TI’s representative didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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Noon

New York City’s police commissioner says he expects to get to the bottom of a deadly shooting at a hip-hop concert quickly.

Commissioner William Bratton spoke on WOR-AM radio Thursday, hours after shots rang out at a venue where rapper T.I. was getting ready to perform. One person was killed, and three others were injured.

Authorities say a dispute between two groups traveled from a top floor down to outside the green room at the Irving Plaza concert hall. Performers Maino and Uncle Murda were on stage at the time.

Bratton says the investigation is progressing “very rapidly.” Police are searching for the gunman.

Bratton says it’s not yet clear whether anyone in the performers’ entourages was involved. He says many were unwilling to talk with police.

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10:30 a.m.

Police say they’ve obtained video that shows part of the fatal shooting inside a New York City concert venue.

They say Thursday a man can be seen in surveillance footage firing off one round just outside a green room at Irving Plaza, in Manhattan’s Union Square.

The shooting occurred Wednesday night in the venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform.

Police say the rapper was in the venue at the time of the shooting but wasn’t injured. They say about 1,000 people were there.

A 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the stomach. Three others were injured.

Authorities say a dispute between two groups traveled from a top floor down to the second-level area outside the green room.

It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the argument.

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6:45 a.m.

Authorities say of one of the victims in a shooting inside a New York City concert venue is in critical but stable condition.

One person was fatally shot and two others suffered less serious injuries. The shooting broke out in the green room Wednesday night as hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan’s Union Square.

No arrests have been made, and a motive for the shooting is unclear.

Police say there was security in place at the venue. How it was carried out is part of the investigation.

Irving Plaza is referring questions about the incident to police.

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2:40 a.m.

A shooting inside a concert venue in New York City where hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform has left one person dead and three others wounded.

The shooting happened Wednesday night in a third-floor green room area at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan’s Union Square. It was not immediately known who had access to that area.

Witnesses describe a chaotic scene.

Police say a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach. He was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. A 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and is listed in critical condition. A 26-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were both shot in the leg. They’re expected to survive.

No arrests have been made, and a motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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