T.I., who recently inked deals with NY-based companies Roc Nation and TIDAL, was performing at Irving Wendesday night alongside several other artists, including Anderson Paak, Troy Ave, and PNB Rock.
New York rapper Dave East revealed on Twitter that he was among the surprise guests scheduled to perform, but he never got the chance.
The shots were fired around 10 p.m. ET, injuring two men, aged 33 and 34, both of whom were “likely to die of their wounds” according to the CBS report.
Following the shooting, both were rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center.
Sources backstage say an argument started right before one of the opening acts was about to perform.
We’re told at some point, a gun was pulled and people from backstage ran into the crowd as shots rang out.
One man told CBS,
“It was about to go on.
We saw, like, two people up on the VIP arguing, and then everybody started running because they heard the shots,”
one woman said.
“It was terrifying.
We just kept running with everybody else because they were running for their lives, so we just started running, and I fell, and I got stomped on a little bit.
My shoe came off.”
a 33-year-old male has died from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
In addition, a 26-year-old woman injured in the shooting was taken to Bellevue, and a fourth person, details on whom are not available at this time, was rushed to NYU Langone Medical Center.
Sources close to T.I. say the rapper had not yet taken the stage when the incident happened.
Cops say at this point it’s unclear how many shooters were involved and they don’t have any suspects.