BROOKLYN — A rapper facing attempted murder charges stemming from a May nightclub shooting was hospitalized after a gunman shot him twice in Brownsville on Sunday, according to police.
Troy Ave, 34, whose legal name is Roland Collins, was shot in the arm and grazed in the head as he sat in a Maserati on Linden Boulevard at East 91st Street in East Flatbush at about 4:20 p.m., a police spokesman said.
The rapper was in his car with a 29-year-old woman at the intersection when an unidentified assailant approached and fired several shots, hitting Collins once in the arm and grazing him in the head, police said.
Collins drove off but crashed into a parked car almost immediately, and the gunman managed to flee on foot, police said. Collins managed to get himself to Brookdale Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the NYPD.
Police were still investigating, and a spokesman said it was not immediately clear if the shooting was related to the May 25 shooting at Irving Plaza, in which Collins was shot in the leg, his friend and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter was killed, and two other concertgoers were injured.
Collins was arrested on attempted murder charges stemming from that shooting after police released a video of him inside the concert venue firing at least one shot from a handgun as panicked bystanders dive for cover.
Collins' lawyers have claimed that he was a victim in that incident, and in a statement following Sunday's shooting his lawyer, Scott Leemon, said the rapper once again the victim of an attempt on his life.
"Tonight, Troy Ave was targeted again, on Christmas," Leemon said. "In Brooklyn, going to meet his family for the holiday, he was shot two times. Thankfully, he will survive the second attempt on his life."
A judge released Collins in July on $500,000 bail, but he's been confined to the five boroughs, required to wear an ankle monitor, and banned from performing.
Despite the restrictions, he's kept busy by releasing a slew of music videos and new music, and as recently as Sunday afternoon he was promoting a new mixtape "White Christmas 4" on social media.