Lil Tjay was shot multiple times undergoing emergency surgery
Prosecutor Mark Musella of Bergen County, New Jersey, said on Wednesday that 27-year-old Mohamed Konate was arrested for allegedly opening fire on Tjay during an attempted robbery at a shopping mall. Tjay apparently had many wounds, while Antoine Boyd, another companion, was shot only once.
Bergen County prosecutors and the Edgewater Police Department believe that Konate tried to rob Tjay, Boyd, and Jeffrey Valdez at gunpoint just after midnight. The allegations against him include three counts of attempted murder in the first degree, three counts of armed robbery in the first degree, and many counts of weapon possession.
Second-degree unauthorised possession of a weapon charges were also filed against Valdez and Boyd. According to the prosecutor, the two are currently detained in the Bergen County Jail for their initial court appearance. It has been stated that Konate is currently waiting extradition to New Jersey.
Reports say that law enforcement sources say the rapper, whose real name is Tione Merritt, has undergone emergency surgery and is recovering well. It is unclear how seriously he was hurt or what his present status is.
Tjay had posted a “PSA” on his Instagram stories just before the shooting, which read as follows: “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.”
Last night, in the Edgewater section of New Jersey, Lil Tjay was apparently shot.
Reports, citing “law enforcement sources,” reported that 21-year-old Tjay needed immediate surgery after the alleged gunshot. According to the report, the event included two separate shootings, one at a petrol station and another at a nearby Chipotle. While a second victim is mentioned, no more details were available at the time of publication.
Both the Major Crimes Unit of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Edgewater Police Department released brief statements Wednesday morning, ostensibly related to the same event but without naming any parties involved. “More details” were promised at the time, and they supposedly would be revealed shortly.
Just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office tweeted that “per initial investigation, [the shooting] does not appear to be random act” and that the status of one victim had been improved from “critical” to “stable.” Others with non-life-threatening injuries who are stable in the hospital.
Prosecutor Mark Musella, in a little more thorough announcement later released here, stated that, just after midnight, officers responded to a 911 call at the Promenade and discovered a man with several gunshot wounds. Another victim was discovered at an Exxon station, this one with a single gunshot wound.