A man has died and three others were wounded in a shooting at a New York City concert venue where the rapper T.I. was scheduled to perform, police say.
Three men and a woman were shot in a third-floor green room during the concert at Irving Plaza in Union Square shortly after 10 p.m., police said.
A 33-year-old man who was shot in the stomach died at Beth-Israel Hospital, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives William Aubry.
A 34-year-old man who was shot in the chest is in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital.
A 30-year-old man who was shot in the leg is at New York Medical Center. He is expected to survive. According to sources, he is Crown Heights-based musician Roland Collins, whose rap name is Troy Ave.
A 26-year-old woman was also shot in the leg. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive.
T.I. was not yet on stage when the shooting happened, but rappers Maino and Uncle Murda were performing at the time, Aubry said.
Video shot inside the 1,025-person venue showed a chaotic scene as concertgoers rushed to the sides trying to leave the area as a group of people tended to a person on the floor.
Live Hoffman, 19, was in the balcony VIP area to the left of the stage when the shooting happened. She said there had been some kind of argument between two groups of people before the shooting. A girl she had been talking to was one of the victims.
“The girl next to me was shot point blank, and men picked her up and carried her out,” Hoffman told The Associated Press, still shaken by the events that unfolded right in front of her. “For two to three minutes we still heard firing, still heard shots, we were clutching each other making sure no one was getting hit.”
Elijah Rodriguez was attending the concert with his sister and they were in the VIP area by the stage. He said T.I. was supposed to go on stage at 9 or 9:30 p.m. but “he never showed up.”
At or around 10 p.m., Rodriguez said the venue started playing music again, and at about 10:15 p.m., he saw a line of people coming out from where the performers were coming onstage.
“All the sudden I heard someone saying that there was a shot, that someone got shot,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez didn’t actually hear the shots himself, but heard people saying that someone had gotten shot.
“It was scary to deal with. When I got outside, like literally across the street, there were a few girls having, like, panic attacks. One girl thought she saw someone get shot in front of her,” Rodriguez said.
A concertgoer who did not want to give his name said he was near the stage when there was a sudden stampede.
“Everybody was having a good time until everybody started running — that’s it,” he said, adding that some panicked people fell on their way out.
Police said metal detectors were set up at the concert venue, but the concertgoer said security getting into the concert was lax.
“They didn’t search nobody, they didn’t check no IDs,” the unnamed man said.
Police say they’re investigating how the shooter got into the venue with the metal detectors set up.
No arrests have been made in the shooting. Police have recovered ballistic evidence and are searching the area for surveillance video evidence.
Representatives for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., said they were referring all questions about the shooting to police.