Additional reporting by Rahman Dukes
While many of us were thankful for presents yesterday, Troy Ave was grateful for the gift of life on Christmas. Traveling with his girlfriend, the Brooklyn MC was shot multiple times while going to visit his family for the holiday. With his red Maserati parked, a gunman, wearing a hoodie to conceal his face, approached Troy's vehicle and began firing in the driver side window. Talking exclusively to REVOLT TV today, Ave gave an update on his injuries and thanked God he's still alive.
"To be honest man I got a bullet still in my head and another one lodged in my back," he said. Ave was also struck in the arm. "Words can't describe how blessed I feel to be here. To all the fans, just ride with ya boy. Keep me in prayers and play my music loud."
Troy also encouraged his following to be vocal in praising his just-released project.
"Spread the word bout that #WhiteChristmas4 mixtape cause that's my gift to yall!" he added. "I was given the gift of life . Yours truly Dope Boy Troy."
Ave said he looked out of his window and saw a man approaching with a gun around 4:20 p.m. on on Christmas Day on Linden Boulevard and 91st street. Troy tried to drive off, but before he could flee, a barrage of bullets hit the car and struck him. Troy was able to get far enough away from the gunman in his car, but pulled over because he was bleeding too heavily and couldn't drive anymore. A Good Samaritan saw Ave and took him and his girlfriend to the nearby Brookdale hospital.
50 Cent was among the inner circle to visit Troy in the hospital Sunday night. The two posed for a flick, and it was posted on Instagram. Troy's assailant is still at large and police have yet to name any suspects. This is the second time this year Troy was shot. In May while at Irving Plaza for a TI concert, Ave was struck in the leg, and his friend Ronald McPhatter was fatally wounded with gunshots. No suspects have been named in that case either.
Watch REVOLT's special on the Irving Plaza shooting below: