UPDATED: Man fatally shot at Irving Plaza

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Irving Plaza (Photo via Wikipedia)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Four people were shot, one fatally, inside Irving Plaza on Wednesday night around 10:15 p.m. during a T.I. concert at the venue. EMS transported a 33-year-old man shot in the stomach to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 26-year-old woman had a gunshot wound to the leg and a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest, and further investigation found that a 30-year-old man had been shot in the leg.

Police said that the man shot in the leg went to the NYU Medical Center on his own, and the 26-year-old woman and 33-year-old man were transported to Bellevue Hospital by EMS. The two victims transported to Bellevue were in stable condition. The 30-year-old man shot in the leg was reportedly Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, according to the New York Post.

The incident occurred in the green room of the venue while rappers Maino and Uncle Murda were performing as the opening act at the show, the Post reported. The scuffle then spilled out into the area by the main stage, causing chaos and panic among the 1,000 concert attendees.

Police have not officially released the identity of the deceased victim but the Post has reported that his name was Ronald McPhatter. The Post also noted that the shooting erupted after an argument started in the limited-access section on the seventh floor of the venue before spreading to the second floor, where the green room is.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Troy Ave, 33, whose real name is Roland Collins, has been arrested. The Union Street, Brooklyn resident has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

The Soapbox: A plant is not just a plant

Regular park angel volunteers: Orlinda Calmeid, Tom Eccardt, Maria Pia Belloni and Barbara Bienenfeld (Photo by Liza Mindemann)

Regular park angel volunteers: Orlinda Calmeid, Tom Eccardt, Maria Pia Belloni and Barbara Bienenfeld (Photo by Liza Mindemann)

By Liza Mindemann, Stuyvesant Cove Park manager

As many of you already know, Stuyvesant Cove Park is a native species plant park. When we have school groups one of the first questions I ask is, “can anyone tell me what a native plant is?” It’s a harder question to answer than one might think, but the simple answer is that native plants are those species that naturally occur in a region and have evolved and adapted over many thousands of years to the specific conditions of that geographic area.

Many of us don’t think of gardens as having any purpose outside of providing beauty, or perhaps growing food to eat. But today, our gardens are actually one of the last chances we have to preserve the diverse species of plants, insects and wildlife that once prolifically populated our region. Due to urban development, NYC has already lost 30 percent of its native plant varieties. This brings me to the second question I usually ask school groups, “Does anyone know why native plants are important?” Native plants are important for many reasons, including the role they play in sustaining our ecosystems by reducing erosion and flooding, cleaning our water and air and by providing food and habitat for all the insects that our farms depend upon. Interestingly, native plants are not just food to any and all insects that pass by; often, they are food to only one particular insect.

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