Just as soon as news broke of the shooting at a T.I. concert last night, fingers began recklessly pointing to who may have been responsible. Brooklyn rapper Maino, who was on stage performing when the shots began ringing out, has issued a statement denying any involvement in a feud that led to the shooting.
The New York Daily News reported that it was a beef between the entourages of Maino and fellow Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, who was shot in the leg, that led to the gunfire.
However, in a statement issued by his lawyer, Maino, born Jermaine Coleman, denies that there ever was a beef with Troy Ave or his camp.
“There is no feud between Rappers Maino and Troy Ave and never have been,” reads a letter sent to the New York Daily News by Maino’s lawyers refuting their claims. “Unfortunately any feud that occurred happened between non artists and resulted in the unfortunate death of Ronald Mcphatter and the shooting of Maggie Heckstall, among others.”
Heckstall, described as a rising R&B singer was one of those injured last night (she is in Bellevue Hospital and had surgery to remove a bullet from her knee) and is a friend of Maino. McPhatter was reportedly Troy Ave’s bodyguard and died of his injuries.
Maino also released his own statement on his Instagram page today (May 26).
Part of it reads: ” I woke up to the usual FALSE and ridiculous lies being circulated by irresponsible members of the media. What transpired was absolutely NOT the result of MYSELF or ANYBODY IN MY CAMP , ENTOURAGE, TRAVELING PARTY or ORGANIZATION IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. We entered the venue respectfully as always and exited in shocked like all other concertgoers.”
And there you have it.
As for Troy Ave, the NY Daily News reports that he has been arrested. SMH.