Killing at rapper T.I.'s New York gig: one dead, three wounded

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rapper-ti.jpgOne person has died and three others have been wounded in a shooting inside a crowded New York City concert venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform, police said.

At least four people were shot after gunfire erupted around 10.15pm on Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square.

The gunman opened fire inside the green room inside the popular venue.

Police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 33-year-old man was shot in the stomach and died a short time later.

Elijah Rodriguez was attending the concert with his sister and they were in the VIP area by the stage.

He said T.I. was supposed to go on stage at 9 or 9.30pm but 'he never showed up.'

Rappers Maino and Uncle Murda had been performing on stage at the time of the shooting.

At about 10pm he said the venue started playing music again, and at about 10.15pm, he saw a line of people coming out from where the performers were coming onstage.

'All the sudden I heard someone saying that there was a shot, that someone got shot,' Rodriguez said.

T.I. was set to perform at Irving Plaza and then 1 OAK later on Wednesday, however NYPD reportedly shut down the club.

The 35-year-old Atlanta rapper started in the music business in 2001 and is the founder of Grand Hustle Records.

He has released nine studio albums and recorded hits such as Whatever You Like, Live your Life with Rihanna and About the Money with Young Thug.

He has also starred in several movies and television shows such as Boss and American Gangster.