The Bronx-born rapper was struck multiple times at The Promenade in Edgewater. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said cops responded to reports of shots fired at the location just after midnight.When they arrived, they discovered 21-year-old Lil TJay, whose real name is Tione Marriot, with multiple gunshot wounds.Antoine Boyd, 22, was also found with a single gunshot wound, officials said.Officials said the shooting happened after Mohamed Konate tried to rob Lil TJay, Boyd and a third person the rapper was with, 24-year-old Jeffrey Valdez. Both Valdez and Boyd each had an unlawful weapon on them at the time.Konate was arrested later on Wednesday by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the New York Police Department. His extradition to New Jersey is currently pending, officials said. He’s charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree aggravated assault.
Lil Tjay Shot During Attempted Robbery in New Jersey, Suspect Arrested
A New York City man was charged with attempted murder Wednesday after an early morning shooting in New Jersey left rapper with multiple gunshot wounds in what authorities call a botched robbery attempt, according to a release from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.In addition to the attempted murder allegation, Mohamed Konate, 27, was also arrested on charges of armed robbery and weapons offenses, the release states.Authorities say Lil Tjay, legal name Tione Jayden Merritt, was shot several times shortly after midnight on June 22 at the Promenade, a mixed-use development in Edgewater, New Jersey. Two friends, identified by authorities as Jeffrey Valdez, 24, and Antoine Boyd, 22, were with Merritt at the time of the shooting. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Merritt “with multiple gunshot wounds” and Boyd “with a single gunshot woundLil Tjay first garnered attention as a teenager, scoring his first major hit, “Brothers,” in 2018. The track helped Tjay land a deal with Columbia Records, through which he’s released a string of EPs and two full-length albums, 2019’s True 2 Myself, and 2021’s Destined 2 Win. Tjay has released two solo singles this year, including “In My Head” and “Goin Up,” and appeared on several songs with other artists, such as YNW Melly (“Best Friends 4L”) and Kaash Paige (“24 Hrs”).
Lil Tjay Reportedly Shot in New Jersey and Having Emergency Surgery Done
announced 27-year-old Mohamed Konate was taken into custody Wednesday, just hours after he allegedly opened fire on Tjay during an attempted robbery at a shopping center. Tjay was reportedly wounded multiple times, while one of his friends, Antoine Boyd, was shot once.The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Edgewater Police Department say Konate tried to rob Tjay, Boyd, and Jeffrey Valdez shortly after midnight in Edgewater. He was is now facing three counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree armed robbery, a multiple weapons-related charges.Valdez and Boyd were also arrested and each charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. Prosecutors say the two are being held in Bergen County Jail pending their first court appearance. Konate is reportedly awaiting extradition to New Jersey.Law enforcement sources tellthe rapper, legal name Tione Merritt, has undergone emergency surgery and appears to be doing better; however, the extent of his injuries and current condition were not immediately known.Shortly before the shooting, Tjay posted the following “PSA” on his Instagram stories: “Just because you’ve been around a person doesn’t make you entitled to the fruits of that persons labor. Envy Is At An All Time High Be Safe Outchea.According which cited “law enforcement sources,” 21-year-old Tjay was set to undergo emergency surgery following the alleged shooting. The report alleges the incident was comprised of one shooting at a local Chipotle, as well as another shooting at a gas station. While the article also includes mention of a second victim, additional information had not been made public at the time of this writing.Complex has reached out to reps for Lil Tjay for comment.Though names were not given, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Edgewater Police Department both shared a short statement Wednesday morning, seemingly in reference to the same incident. At the time, it was said that “more details” would be shared soon
Rapper Lil Tjay reportedly undergoes surgery after being shot in New Jersey
Rapper Lil Tjay has reportedly undergone emergency surgery after being shot in New Jersey.In an early-morning tweet, the Bergen County prosecutor’s office said that its major crimes unit and the Edgewater Police Department are investigating a shooting with two victims that occurred around midnight Wednesday at 14 The Promenade, a shopping plaza in Edgewater.reported Wednesday that one of the victims was the 21-year-old rapper and that he was undergoing surgery. The extent of his wounds and his condition were not yet known.Representatives for the rapper, whose given name is Tione Jayden Merritt, and for the prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond Wednesday to The Times’ requests for comment.