After shooting at T.I. concert, Bill Bratton, NYC police commissioner, said black rappers are “basically thugs”
At around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, shots were fired during T.I. concert at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan’s Union Square, NY, leaving one dead and three injured.
Commissioner Bratton said “The crazy world of these so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate violence they did all their lives. Unfortunately, that violence oftentimes manifests itself during their performances.”
A witness at the shooting, Live Hoffman, said two groups had an argument just before the shooting.
According to reports, a man identified as Ronald McPhatter, 33, was fatally shot in the stomach. Another man known as Christopher Vinson, 34, was shot in the chest, but his health condition is unknown. Two other victims, Maggie Heckstall, 26, and Roland Collins, 30, were shot in the leg during the chaos.
No information has been provided on those involved in the shooting and no arrests have been made.
The hip hop artist, Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. commonly known as T.I., was luckily not on the stage during the shooting.
The police claimed there were metal detectors at the entrance of the plaza, which has a capacity of over 1,000 people, but concert attendants said they were never searched upon entrance. Cops risked a thousand lives by not sufficiently taken strict security measures.
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