Rapper Lil Tjay was shot multiple times and another man was also injured in an attempted armed robbery early Wednesday in New Jersey, officials say.
The Bergen County District Attorney’s Office, which is handling the investigation, said gunfire broke out at a Chipotle restaurant in a residential and outdoor mall in Edgewater.
The Edgewater Police Department responded to a 911 call about the shooting at 12:08 a.m. and found 21-year-old Lil Tjay, whose legal name is Tione Jayden Merritt, with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office.
The other victim, Antoine Boyd, 22, was found at an Exxon gas station about a mile from Chipotle with a single gunshot wound, authorities said.
Investigators have determined that suspect Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York, “attempted to commit an armed robbery” against Lil Tjay, and two people he was with, Jeffrey Valdez, 24, of the Bronx, New York, and Boyd when the shooting occurred, according to the prosecution.
Detectives from the Bergen County District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department arrested Konate on Wednesday on three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery and other charges of weapons, the statement said. He is awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
Valdez and Boyd were also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, officials said.
They were remanded to Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in the Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, New Jersey, according to the statement.
Information about attorneys for the three was not immediately available.
Both victims were taken to hospital where they were treated. TMZ was first to report that Lil Tjay was shot and underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday.
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Following the announcement of the shooting, the rapper French Montana tweeted “pray for my little brother lil Tjay.”
In an update Wednesday, officials said one seriously injured victim was stable. The other victim had non-life-threatening injuries and was in good condition.
Lil Tjay posted on his Instagram Story on Tuesday, “PSA Just because you’ve been around someone doesn’t mean you’re entitled to the fruits of their labor. Envy is at an all time high.
Lil Tjay, from the Bronx in New York, rose to prominence in 2018 with the song “Resume” and signed with Columbia Records.
The artist, who has over 7 million followers on Instagram and over 17 million listeners on Spotify, is known for his hits like “Calling My Phone” with 6lack and “In My Head”. It was featured on Polo G’s song “Pop Out,” which reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and on Pop Smoke’s “Mood Swings.”