Troy Ave Has Been Shot For The Second Time This Year
For the second time this year, Troy Ave has been shot. The Brooklyn MC made headlines in May, as he was involved in a high profile shootout at a T.I. concert at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza. That incident was caught on film, in part, as Ave was seen backstage, in pursuit of someone, firing several shots. In addition to Ave, two others were wounded and his friend, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, was killed. Ave claims he was shot by an assailant who dropped his gun. Ave allegedly retrieved the weapon and fired on his assailant, claiming it to be self-defense. He was arrested, charged with attempted murder and eventually released on bail, pending his trial. The incident cast a dark cloud on Hip-Hop shows, which came under intense scrutiny due to violence that occurred in past decades.
Tonight (December 25), Ave was reportedly shot again, this time in Brooklyn. According to Billboard, he was shot in the arm and a bullet also grazed his head. In a statement to the publication, his attorney, Scott Leemon, said “Tonight, Troy Ave was targeted again… on Christmas. In Brooklyn, going to meet his family for the holiday, he was shot two times. Thankfully, he will survive the second attempt on his life. As we have said from the beginning — he is a victim. We pray for his speedy recovery.”
2016 has been filled with controversy for the embattled MC. Earlier in the year, he drew sharp criticism for derogatory remarks he made regarding the suicide death of Pro Era’s Capital STEEZ, while involved in a war of words with Joey Bada$$. Bada$$ subsequently responded in a scathing freestyle, in which he referenced Karma and said “you reap what you sow.”
Ave’s injuries are not life-threatening, and he is said to be recovering.