Rapper Lil Tjay, who released his new single ‘Goin Up’ two months ago, was shot multiple times in New Jersey on Wednesday night and was taken to hospital for emergency surgery.
According to a statement from the Bergen County Attorney General, the 21-year-old and one of his friends, Antoine Boyd, 22, were victims of an armed robbery on an Edgewater boardwalk in the middle of the night. The rapper was shot several times, but only once by his companion.
The rapper, whose real name is Tione Marriot, has not undergone surgery and healing, the source told TMZ. He is still in danger.
How did the incident happen?
The shooting took place on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 12:08 a.m. in Edgewater, New Jersey, according to Prosecutor Mark Musella. The Edgewater Police Department responded to a 911 call that reported the shooting. According to the press release, “Another 22-year-old gunshot victim was discovered by police officers when they were taken to Exxon station at 478 River Road in Edgewater. Both victims have been taken to a nearby hospital and are currently receiving treatment,” he said.
New York rapper Lil Tjay is shot and undergoes emergency surgery.
We pray for him and wish him a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/J3DxS0iQmf
— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) June 22, 2022
Edgewater Police and the Bergen County Attorney’s Office also investigated a red Dodge Durango with bullet holes in the driver’s windshield and a towel stained with blood.
JUST IN: Lil TJay is undergoing emergency surgery after multiple gunshot wounds last night 🙏💔 pic.twitter.com/F0z47siXZN
— LabTV (@Lab) June 22, 2022
Who was shot by Lil Tjay?
New York police have detained 27-year-old Mohamed Konate on charges of attempted murder and armed robbery, according to Bronx.news12.com. The man is also charged with shooting the rapper. Tjay’s colleagues Jeffrey Valdez, 24, and Antoine Boyd, 22, were also shot. Konate repeatedly shot Tjay and Boyd as a result of the process. Prosecutors explained on social media that at least one victim was out of danger. “Update on #BCPONJ and @EdgewaterPolice investigation at Edgewater NJ shooting: Initial investigation did not appear to be random act, and one victim was upgraded from a critical state to a stable state. Another healthy victim with non-life threatening injuries. The patients were admitted to the hospital.”
However, whether the rapist was the more wounded of the two victims was not explicitly stated in the declaration that followed.
Who is Lil Tjay?
The New York rapper has 7 million Instagram followers and two studio albums that peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200. Both of his albums were published through Columbia Records. “Calling My Name,” which he co-wrote with singer 6lack, reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Here’s Tjay’s most recent Instagram story on Tuesday, June 21st: Be careful, Otachi. Envy is at an all-time high.”
Unpublished surveillance footage, filmed at River Road’s Exxon station, shows one of the victims emerging from a white security vehicle and being escorted to an ambulance. It is the same vehicle that patrols City Place. Peter Ditkas and Luigi Mancini, graduating seniors from high school, first noticed the man and said, “He was lying in the back seat, sweating. We assumed he was intoxicated.”
The minimum charges against Konate are three counts of attempted murder and armed robbery. However, authorities said Tjay’s friends Valdez and Boyd were also detained after the incident for possession of a firearm, both of whom were in Bergen County Jail.