One Dead and Three Wounded at T.I. Concert in New York


T.I. was set to headline a concert at Irving Plaza in New York on Wednesday night when gunfire erupted, killing a 33-year-old man and wounding three others.

The rapper was scheduled to perform at a club in the Union Square area when the shooting took place in a backstage green room shortly after 10pm. T.I. was in the building, but fellow rappers Maino and Uncle Murda were performing at the time of the shooting.

A video posted to Twitter showed people frantically scrambling to leave the dance floor. While it’s not yet known exactly how many people were in attendance, Irving Plaza has a capacity of approximately 1,000 people according to its website.

One witness told The New York Times that he was in the back of the club when a fight broke out backstage and spilled onto the stage. A second fight then began on the club’s floor right before shots were fired.

New York City Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubry said at a news conference that the venue does have metal detectors. The motive for the shootings was unclear, and no arrests had been made as of late Wednesday night, he said.

T.I. was also set to perform at a separate venue, the 1 OAK nightclub, later in the evening, but authorities had to shut it down, according to law enforcement sources.

(Photo Credit: New York Times)