Hip-Hop Personality Charged as Gunman in Fatal T.I. Concert Shooting

Kaja Whitehouse and Lia Eustachewich, NY Post, January 17, 2017

An online hip-hop personality has been charged as the gunman in the fatal Irving Plaza shooting, which stemmed from a beef between shooter and rapper Troy Ave, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The DNA of Taxstone, whose real name is Daryl Campbell, was allegedly found all over a 9mm Kel-Tec automatic, which was fired four times in the May 25 shooting during a T.I. concert, the Manhattan federal court papers say.

The melee in the venue’s backstage VIP room was spurred by public comments Campbell allegedly made about Troy Ave, a.k.a. Roland Collins, slamming his music and reputation prior to the shooting.

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Collins was shot in the leg, while his bodyguard and close friend Ronald McPhatter, who went by BSB Banga, was killed after taking a bullet to the chest. Two other uninvolved bystanders were also wounded.

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Campbell will be arraigned in Manhattan federal court Tuesday afternoon. He’s charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon and buying an illegal gun.

Campbell has “proclaimed his membership in the Bloods” street gang, the complaint says.

Collins was previously charged with attempted murder – but has claimed the entire time he was the innocent victim of a calculated hit.

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