Lil Tjay shooting incident: everything we know so far

25 August 2022, 14:33

Lil Tjay is recovering in hospital
Lil Tjay is recovering in hospital. Picture: Getty Images

The 21-year-old rapper was shot in June and is still in hospital recovering

UPDATE: 25/8

Back in June, rapper Lil Tjay was shot several times, and is still in hospital recovering.

In a new video posted to his Instagram account, Tjay updated fans where it seemed that he was at home in a neck brace.

"I just want to say, thanks for the love, thanks for the support. I’ve been looking at the DMs, the comments, and everything else, and I feel loved", he said.

Tjay continued to update his fans: "Seven shots, it was tough you know, most people don’t survive it, but I’m here. I’m here for a reason. New music coming soon, we gon come back stronger than ever man.”

He captioned the post saying "Thanks for the love and support ya I appreciate everything fr… we gon come back stronger than ever".

It's great to see him on the mend and we wish him a speedy recovery!

Lil Tjay updated fans after he was shot back in June.
Lil Tjay updated fans after he was shot back in June. Picture: Instagram

Sources tell TMZ that he is now alert and awake, and can speak on his own after his breathing tube was removed by doctors.

Whilst he remains hospitalised, it seems that he is heading in the right direction in his road to recovery.

Lil Tjay performing
Lil Tjay performing. Picture: Getty Images

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.)

Lil Tjay's alleged shooter arrested as rapper remains in hospital

His condition is still unknown, and this page will be updated when more information is released.

Lil Tjay
Lil Tjay. Picture: Getty

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.

Lil Tjay performing
Lil Tjay performing. Picture: Getty

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".

Lil Tjay in concert
Lil Tjay in concert. Picture: Getty

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.

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