THREE men have been arrested in connection to a shooting that injured rapper Lil TJay, said police.
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced that Mohamed Konate was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and weapons charges.
The extent of Lil Tjay’s injuries remains unknown[/caption]
Two other men, Jefferey Valdez and Antoine Boyd were also arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon.
Valdez and Boyd were with Lil Tjay, real name Tione Merritt, at the time of the shooting and were not involved in him being shot.
The Edgewater Police Department confirmed that Konate had attempted to commit armed robbery against Lil Tjay and his entourage.
The Run It Up rapper was shot just after midnight Wednesday in Edgewater, New Jersey, TMZ reports.
Sources revealed to the outlet that Lil Tjay underwent emergency surgery; however, the extent of his injuries is unknown.
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According to TMZ, there were two shootings in the Edgewater area – one at a Chipotle restaurant and another at a nearby Exxon gas station.
The victim at the Chipotle was shot several times, while the other victim at the Exxon was only shot once, sources told the outlet.
It’s unclear at what location Lil Tjay was shot.
The Bergen County Prosecutors Office and Edgewater police released an update on the gunshot victims saying one has been upgraded from critical to stable condition, while the other sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.
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Officials say the shooting does “not appear to be a random act”.
Lil Tjay rose to fame in 2018 following the release of his hit single, Resume, which quickly gained the attention of Columbia Records – whom he signed with later that year.
The New York native has collaborated with several high-profile rappers, including Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, Tyga, Saweetie, and Offset, among others.
PRAYERS FOR TJAY
News of Lil Tjay’s shooting sent shock waves through the rap world, as fans quickly sent their prayers on social media.
“Praying for lil tjay, hopefully he’s gonna make it. He’s got so much left to give to the world, I’m tired of browsing the Internet and finding rappers with mad potential getting lost because someone shot em,” one fan tweeted.
A second fan shared: “Pray for Lil Tjay man we can’t lose him too .”
“Pray for Lil Tjay Hope you make it bro ,” wrote another person.
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