Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave has officially been released from a New York City prison on $500,000 bail, after his mother put up her Brooklyn home as collateral for his release.
Troy Ave has been charged with multiple charges, the most serious being attempted murder, for his role in a backstage shooting during a concert headlined by T.I. last in May.
The Brooklyn rapper, born Roland Collins, and three other people were injured on May 25, after a fist fight in a backstage green room at Irving Plaza in Manhattan.
Troy Ave’s bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, 30, died at a local hospital, after he was struck in the stomach.
Police are still investigating to find shooter responsible for McPhatter’s murder.
As part of the conditions of his release, Troy Ave must wear an ankle monitor, is forbidden to leave New York City and cannot go near any performance venues while he is out on bail.
According to The New York Daily News, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass said Troy Ave could still face murder charges as police finish their investigation.
Police recovered three guns, including the one used in the shooting, in the van that transported Troy Ave to the hospital.
“What is clear is that the investigation from the outset has been hampered by the defendant who not only fired and removed the weapon from the crime scene, he refused to help in any way [to identify] who killed McPhatter,” Steinglass told reporters.
It’s rather ironic, since Troy Ave and his defense team have called upon witnesses to come forward to help the rap star’s legal defense.
Nevertheless, in a previous interview, Troy Ave’s attorney Scott Leemon said the shocking video of Troy Ave shooting inside of the venue only revealed a portion of what happened.
“He didn’t shoot himself, he didn’t shoot his lifelong friend and bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter,” Scott Leemon told AllHipHop.com. “Ronald died a hero and should be remembered that way. The snippet of the video released by NYPD doesn’t tell the whole story.”