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Shooting at New York rap concert leaves one dead and causes crowd chaos

Three others were injured at the T.I. gig.

Rapper T.I. was performing when the shooting started.
Rapper T.I. was performing when the shooting started.
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ONE PERSON WAS killed and three others injured at a prominent New York music venue last night during a show to be headlined by rapper T.I.

Witnesses reported shots ringing out just after 10 pm local-time shortly before T.I., an Atlanta rapper with a history of legal run-ins, was to take the stage at Irving Plaza.

One person was confirmed dead and three others were injured, a police spokesman said.

The 1,025-capacity club, owned by entertainment giant Live Nation, is a major venue for rising artists as well as intimate shows by established acts.

With fans rushing out of the venue, police sealed off the area of the club off Union Square, a bustling Manhattan thoroughfare day and night.

Thousands of Americans are killed each year in gun violence but shootings are comparatively rare at music clubs, which generally assign security guards to frisk guests for weapons.

Several social media users wrote that the shots appeared to have come from either backstage or the VIP area rather than in the main part of the crowd.

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Police said they had not yet made arrests or assigned a motive.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, is one of the leading forces in trap music and has won three Grammy Awards including for the song My Love, a collaboration with Justin Timberlake.

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He served seven months in prison in 2009 for attempting to buy unregistered machine guns from dealers who turned out to be undercover agents.

He spent another 10 months in prison two years later for violating terms of probation on drug charges.

© – AFP 2016 with reporting by Rónán Duffy

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