Rapper Lil Tjay shot multiple times in New Jersey, officials say
Rapper Lil Tjay was shot multiple times and another victim was also injured during an attempted armed robbery early Wednesday morning in New Jersey, according to officials.
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Rapper Lil Tjay was shot multiple times and another man was also injured during an attempted armed robbery early Wednesday morning in New Jersey, according to officials.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which is handling the investigation, said gunfire erupted at 14 The Promenade in Edgewater, the location of a Chipotle restaurant.
The Promenade is a residential and outdoor shopping area.
The Edgewater Police Department responded to a 911 call about the shooting at 12:08 a.m. and found Lil Tjay, 21, 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 nearby at an Exxon gas station at 478 River Road, about a mile from the Chipotle, with a single gunshot wound, authorities said.
Investigators determined that suspect Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York, “attempted to commit 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 prosecutor's office.
Detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the New York City Police Department on Wednesday arrested Konate on three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery and other weapons charges, the release stated. He is pending extradition to New Jersey.
Valdez and Boyd were also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, officials said.