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The Bobster
07-11-2016, 07:28 PM

Troy Ave posts bail in T.I. concert shooting
By Rebecca Rosenberg
July 11, 2016 | 4:27pm

The Brooklyn cRapper busted for his alleged role in a gun fight that left his pal dead at a T.I. concert posted bail and was released Monday – but he won’t be back on stage anytime soon.

The package forbids Roland Collins, whose stage name is Troy Ave, from entering clubs, bars, arenas or stadiums, and requires that he wear a GPS ankle bracelet and stick to an 11 p.m. curfew.

After the $500,000 bond was posted, Collins, 33, limped out of court wearing a Givenchy sweatshirt over his shoulders and matching Givenchy slip-on sandals.

He has been in custody since the day after a wild May 25 shootout at Irving Plaza in Union Square that left him with a gunshot wound to his right leg, his bodyguard and pal Ronald McPhatter dead and two others injured.

He declined to comment as his fambly and friends helped him into a waiting white Mercedes SUV blaring his single “Chuck Norris (Hoes & Gangstas),” which was released after his arrest on attempted murder and gun possession charges. :rolleyes:

On the track, he brags, “I’m a pretty fly ni—a that’ll shoot ya.”

Prosecutors said that the details surrounding the shooting-death of McPhatter, 33, remain murky.

“What is clear is that the investigation has, from the outset, been hampered by the defendant, who not only fired and then removed the weapon from the crime scene, but has, along with his entourage, refused to help investigators in any way bring the person who killed his friend to justice,” said ADA Joshua Steinglass during the bail hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Collins still hasn’t been ruled out as McPhatter’s shooter, the prosecutor added.

Three loaded hand guns – — a 9mm Keltec, 9mm Taurus and .38-caliber revolver — were found in a trap in Collin’s car shortly after the shooting, court papers show.

“The defendant’s DNA was found on each gun, including the gun that was used to kill Mr. McPhatter,” Steinglass said.

Roland Collins aka Troy Ave is rolled into court on Monday.
Photo: Steven Hirsch

Defense lawyer John Stella argued that the stage ban and curfew restrictions were too onerous and would interfere with Collins’ ability to work.

Justice Ronald Zweibel refused to curtail the bail conditions, citing the “seriousness of the case.”

The shootout occurred just before headliner T.I. was set to take the stage at a show where rappers Maino and Uncle Murda also performed.

Video footage allegedly shows Collins running from the Green Room and opening fire into the crowded balcony area as concertgoers dive for cover.

It’s not clear whether Collins accidentally shot himself or if someone else shot him, and what precipitated the gun fight.