One person was killed, three others injured as gunfire rang out at a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza
The trouble started backstage, around 10 p.m., as a fight broke out in a green room
The chaos erupted backstage, around 10 p.m., as a fight broke out in a green room on the second floor of the Union Square venue, witnesses told the Daily News.
At least three people were shot during a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza Wednesday night, according to police sources and witnesses. One woman was shot in the leg and a man shot in the chest around 10 p.m., according to WPIX 11. Three people, two of whom were initially listed in critical condition, were taken by ambulance to Beth Israel hospital, officials said.
Social media posts from people at the concert showed NYPD officers rushing into the venue on Irving Place and 15th St.
“There were four gunshots,” said Tiffany Smallwood, 22, of Harlem. “One guy got shot in the chest right in front of me. There were two shots and then there were two more. Everyone was running it was crazy.”
Social media posts showed NYPD officers rushing into the venue on Irving Place and 15th St. as the crowd stampeded past them.
One of the victims being evacuated by NYPD
The chaos erupted before T.I. took the stage, according to witnesses.
“People were running and stomping over one another,” said Rodney Molina, 37.
The violence began before T.I., the Atlanta-based rapper behind the hits “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life,” took the stage at the 1,000-person concert hall, witnesses said.
The 35-year-old Grammy-winner, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., is no stranger to gunplay.
Harris pleaded guilty in 2008 to federal weapons possession charges for buying three unregistered machine guns and two silencers.
In 2006, T.I.’s personal assistant and friend Philant Johnson was killed during a gun battle involving members of the rap star’s crew following a concert in Cincinnati.
In 2014, a man and a woman were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries at a Charlotte, N.C., T.I. show. He also made a name for himself on screen, alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in the 2007 movie “American Gangster.”
He has starred in the VH1 reality show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” and the MTV reality series “T.I.’s Road to Redemption,” in which he talked to teens about the danger of guns.