Hip-Hop Podcast Host Arrested in Connection to Irving Plaza Shooting: NYPD
MANHATTAN — A New York hip-hop podcaster host known for cultivating feuds with rappers has been arrested by federal agents in connection to a fatal shooting last year at Irving Plaza after investigators found his DNA on a weapon linked to the shooting, according to law enforcement sources.
Daryl Campbell, who goes by the name Taxstone, was arrested at his Alabama Avenue home in East New York on Monday morning on a charge of weapons possession, and is expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday, according to his lawyer, Kenneth Montgomery.
Campbell, who is known for his hip-hop podcast “Tax Season,” has a history of bad blood with Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, who was wounded in the May 25 shooting and later arrested in connection with the incident.
The shooting occurred during the opening acts of a T.I. concert at the Union Square-area concert hall, when bullets flew in a backstage VIP area before the incident spilled out into a second-floor balcony.
The gunfire killed Ronald McPhatter, 33, and wounded Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, along with two bystanders.
Campbell’s DNA was found on a weapon discarded at the concert hall the night of the shooting, but it was not immediately clear if that weapon was the one that wounded Troy Ave, law enforcement sources said.
Troy Ave, whose legal name is Roland Collins, was arrested the day after the shooting and hit with attempted murder and weapons charges after police released surveillance video officials said showed him opening fire inside the packed venue as bystanders dove for cover.
Police later found three handguns in a concealed compartment of the SUV Collins used to get to the hospital that night, including the weapon that killed McPhatter, who was a lifelong friend of Troy Ave and worked as his bodyguard.
Campbell had mocked Troy Ave repeatedly prior to the shooting, and the rapper had responded with a diss track calling out Campbell in October 2015. In the days following the shooting, rumors swirled on social media that Campbell had been been involved.
But Montgomery dismissed the rumors as conjecture, and declined to comment on Campbell’s previous feuds with Collins.
“I have nothing to say about anything that’s been said on social media,” Montgomery said. “None of that means anything in court.”
Since his arrest, lawyers for Troy Ave have argued that he was targeted and simply retaliated to save his own life.
Troy Ave was wounded again in a shooting in Brownsville on Christmas.