Prosecutors took to their social media to state that at least one victim was out of danger, namely Lil Tjay
American rapper Lil TJay was shot dead in the Edgewater area of New Jersey on Wednesday, June 22nd. Law enforcement sources revealed that the rapper was taken for emergency surgery after the alleged shooting, but the extent of his wounds and damage was not disclosed. While TJay, real name Tione Merritt, is said to still be in danger, reports claim he is doing better than before and will recover soon. According to initial reports, there were two shootings that night.
The news comes from the desk of TMZ, whose “law enforcement” sources were the first to speak out about the incident. The site reports that there were two shootings, one at a Chipotle restaurant and the other at a nearby Exxon gas station. A second victim is also mentioned, but no other concrete information was shared. The news was later updated by the site, claiming that the 21-year-old rapper appears to be doing a little better, but he’s not out of the woods just yet. The police acted quickly and worked flat out on the investigation. The Bergen County Attorney’s Office soon called it an attempted robbery of the rapper and two of his friends.
Who Shot Lil Tjay?
Prosecutor Mark Musella stated that the shooting occurred at approximately 12:08 am on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 14 The Promenade, Edgewater, NJ and that the Edgewater Police Department responded to an 911 call reporting a shooting. The press release said: “Officials also responded to the Exxon station at 478 River Road, Edgewater, where they located another 22-year-old victim with a gunshot wound. Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital where they are being treated. ”
Edgewater Police and the Bergen County Attorney’s Office also inspected a red Dodge Durango with a bullet hole in the driver’s window and a blood-stained towel.
Bronx.news12.com claims officers have arrested Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York City, on charges of armed robbery and attempted murder and are accusing the man of shooting the rapper. They also identified Tjay’s friends who were with him – Jeffrey Valdez, 24, and Antoine Boyd, 22, who were also shot. Konate injured Tjay with several shots and Boyd. Prosecutors took to their social media to explain that at least one victim was out of danger: “Update on #BCPONJ & @EdgewaterPolice’s investigation into the Edgewater, NJ shooting: Based on the initial investigation, the act does not appear to be an accidental act act, and a victim has been updated from a critical to a stable state. Others were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries in good condition.”
But that later announcement didn’t directly specify whether the rapist was the one described as having sustained the more serious injuries between the two victims.
The New York rapper has 7 million followers on Instagram and has released two studio albums through Columbia Records, both of which have charted in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200. His 2021 song, featuring singer 6lack, “Calling My Name” debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Tjay’s most recent Instagram story, Tuesday, June 21, said, “Just because you’ve been with a person doesn’t make you eligible.” the fruits of that person’s labor. Envy is at an all-time high. Be Safe Otchea.”
Unreleased surveillance video from Exxon’s River Road station shows one of the victims being removed from a white security car and placed in an ambulance. This is the same car that patrols City Place. This man was first spotted by high school graduates Peter Ditkas and Luigi Mancini, who said, “He was belly down in the back seat just hanging around. We thought he was drunk.”
For Konate, three counts of attempted murder and armed robbery are the lowest counts if convicted. However, Tjay’s acquaintances Valdez and Boyd were also arrested after the incident on gun charges and prosecutors said they were both in the Bergen County Jail. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, Konate was awaiting extradition to New Jersey.