New York Police Chief Takes Aim at Rap ‘Thugs’ Following T.I. Gig Shooting
New York police commissioner Bill Bratton has launched a furious attack on the “thugs” of rap following a deadly shooting incident at T.I.’s gig in the city on Wednesday night. One person was killed and three injured when a gunman opened fire backstage at the hip-hop star’s headlining gig at Irving Plaza in Manhattan, and Bratton was quick to respond to the incident.
In an interview with WCBS 880 on Thursday morning, he said, “The crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they live all their lives (were responsible for the fatal shooting).” He added, “Unfortunately, that violence often manifests itself during the performances and that’s exactly what happened last evening.” Bratton also confirmed police investigating the incident have an idea of what happened and added, “We feel we’ll wrap it up very quickly.” Cops are also attempting to find out how the gunman gained entrance to the venue with a weapon. The shooting took place backstage while Brooklyn rappers Maino and Uncle Murda were performing an opening set for T.I. Another Brooklyn rapper, Troy Ave, was among those injured in the shooting. He is reportedly in good condition after being shot in the leg. The other two people injured are stable. A 33-year-old male, believed to be Troy Ave’s bodyguard Ronald McPhatter, was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital.
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