Rapper Taxstone, whose real name is Daryl Campbell, has been charged with two weapon charges related with the shooting at a T.I. concert in New York City. His bail has been reversed as well with Feds having strong proof about his involvement in the shooting.
The incident took place in the May of 2016 at Irving Plaza where a T.I. concert was taking place. The camera footage shows some kind of feud between the men which later ended up killing rapper Troy Ave’s guard and wounded several others. Troy Ave was arrested after the incident; however, Taxstone was only indicted recently after his DNA was found on the weapon used in the shooting.
The Manhattan Federal Judge Andrew Peck initially set a bail for $500,000 and kept him under house arrest but that was until the Feds intervened and requested to reverse his bail as they had eye witnesses that claimed he is the one that fired the shots. Who these eye witnesses are is not known at the moment but it obviously has to be someone present at the scene which was the green room on the third floor.
The surveillance video from the plaza shows Taxstone entering the venue and then later running out as Troy Ave fires at him. The video does not really tie him to the shooting of the guard, however, the gun he had and the eyewitnesses do. Apparently the gun he had was brought from Florida and that is why Feds are involved in this case.
Before all of this happened, Taxstone was embroiled in a feud with the other rapper. The two had dissed each other several times with Taxstone calling Ave a ‘fake rapper.’ He does a podcast show called the Tax Season and in one of his podcasts he threatened Ave. The Feds are using this podcast as evidence too to strengthen the case against him and prove that he had a motive to shoot at him.
All this evidence tied him with the shooting and the judge rescinded his bail which means that he will have to spend time behind bars. The two charges include possession of a weapon and supposedly having it from someone outside the state. Troy Ave has already been arraigned and charged with attempted murder as the footage clearly shows him shooting at Taxstone. However, his lawyer still claims that he is innocent and that it was an attempt of self-defense. They are also pursuing a lawsuit against Live Nation and Irving Plaza for not having proper security.
He has been out on bail of $500,000 since after he pleaded not guilty to four counts of criminal possession of weapon and second degree attempted murder. He was shot twice in December in Brooklyn as he was going to see his family. He was hospitalized after that but it remains unclear if that shooting had anything to do with the Irvin Plaza incident.