Lil Tjay shooting incident: everything we know so far
24 June 2022, 09:50
The 21-year-old rapper was shot and is still in hospital recovering
Rapper Lil Tjay, most known for songs such as 'Calling My Phone' and 'F.N' was shot Wednesday (22nd June) and is in hospital recovering from his injuries.
It is reported that Lil Tjay was shot in Edgewater, New Jersey just after midnight on Wednesday (22nd June.)
His condition is still unknown, and this page will be updated when more information is released.
Who shot Lil Tjay?
Police have arrested three men in relation to the shooting.
Mohamed Konate has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery and weapons charges.
Two further men and Lil Jay's friends Jeffrey Valdez and Antoine Boyd have also been arrested and each charged with an unlawful possession of a weapon.
According to Complex, both of them are in Bergen County Jail waiting for their first court appearance.
Where did the shooting take place?
The shooting occurred in Edgewater, New Jersey, and took place at two sites. One victim, believed to be Lil Tjay, was shot several times at a Chipotle restaurant, and another was shot once at a nearby Exxon Gas station.
Police found Lil Tjay, real name Tione Merritt, with multiple gunshot wounds and Antoine Boyd with a single gunshot wound.
What was the motivation behind the shooting?
According to Police, Mohamed Konate had attempted to commit armed robbery against Lil Tjay, and his two friends. Jeffrey Valdez and Antoine Boyd, who were with the rapper, were found each to be in possession of an unlawful weapon.
Konate is reportedly awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
The police tweeted that they believe that the shooting does not appear to be a "random act".
What condition is Lil Tjay in right now?
Lil Tjay was taken to hospital and undertook surgery for his injuries. Bergen County Police tweeted that the rappers condition has now been upgraded from critical to a stable condition.
On the 24th June, it was reported that the rapper remains unconscious according to TMZ.
Outside of being able to move his legs, he is unresponsive and has made no bodily movements.
Antoine Boyd, who was also shot, was admitted with non-life threatening injuries and is in a good condition.
The extent of the rappers injuries are not immediately known.
Update on #BCPONJ & @EdgewaterPolice investigation in Edgewater NJ shooting: per initial investigation, does not appear to be random act and one victim upgraded from critical to stable condition. Other admitted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries in good condition.— BCPONJ (@BCPONJ) June 22, 2022