It's a tragic saga in which one life has been lost, others have been permanently damaged, and the repercussions are vast. Last year's Irving Plaza Shooting was the result of, according to law authorities, conflict between Brooklyn MC Troy Ave and rising podcaster Taxstone and in our new documentary Searching For Answers: Inside The Irving Plaza Shooting, REVOLT TV takes an in-depth look into not only what happened in May 2016, but offers insight into the parties involved.
REVOLT first interviews Shanduke McPhatter, brother of shooting victim Ronald "Banga" McPhatter, and their mother Pastor Rose McPhatter. The family, for the first time, goes into detail about their lost loved one, refuting claims by the NYPD and some media outlets that he was a street gangster, instead telling of his heroism.
The documentary also details Troy Ave's swift fall from grace starting the night of the shooting. Not only did he lose his best friend, but was sent to jail and his once promising rap career is now in jeopardy.
"NYPD Knows Troy didn’t shoot himself," Ave's lawyer Scott Leemon says in the film. "They know Troy didn't shoot his bodyguard. [McPhatter] died a hero. And to imply anything, that Troy would actually hurt his lifelong best friend, is absolutely insane and irresponsible."
Finally, the film addresses Daryl "Taxstone" Campbell.
The 31-year-old host of the podcast "Tax Season" was arrested and arraigned in January on federal charges of felon in possession of a firearm and transporting and receiving a firearm. During his January court proceeding, the federal prosecutor told the judge it was indeed Campbell who shot and killed McPhatter, citing Tax's DNA on the murder weapon. Taxstone was granted bail, however, a witness has come forward corroborating the prosecutor's claims that the podcaster shot the fatal shot, and that bail decision was overturned.
Taxstone remains in federal detention and, just last week, was indicted on the weapons charges. He still awaits arraignment on the indictment. Meanwhile, Troy Ave, who just escaped death himself on Christmas Day when someone shot at his car, has been granted permission to begin performing at concerts again and had his first show a few days ago. He also has been releasing a slew of new music.
Maino, Uncle Murda, media personality Combat Jack, and shooting victim Maggie Carrie are all also interviewed in the documentary.