Rapper Lil Tjay was shot multiple times in New Jersey shooting, police say


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Rapper Lil Tjay was shot multiple times in an early morning shooting in New Jersey on Wednesday, police say.

The Edgewater Police Department received multiple 911 calls “just after midnight” Wednesday regarding shootings near 14 The Promenade in Edgewater, New Jersey, according to a news release.

Once officers arrived, they found 21-year-old Tione “Lil TJay” Merritt with multiple gunshot wounds.

Antoine Boyd, 22, was also found with a single gunshot wound, authorities said.

Rapper Lil Tjay suffered multiple gunshot wounds after being involved in a shooting in New Jersey early Wednesday morning, authorities say.
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The Bergen County District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Edgewater Police Department say Mohamad Konate attempted to rob Lil Tjay, Boyd and a third person, Jeffrey Valdez, at gunpoint when the shooting happened.

Both Boyd and Valdez were in possession of an illegal weapon at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

Bergen County District Attorney Mark Musella announced Konate, 27, was arrested Wednesday on three counts of attempted first-degree murder, multiple armed robbery and weapons charges.

A 27-year-old New York native attempted to rob Tjay and two others at gunpoint, authorities said.

A 27-year-old New York native attempted to rob Tjay and two others at gunpoint, authorities said.
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Valdez, 24, and Boyd were also arrested for illegal possession of a weapon, authorities said.

Lil Tjay underwent emergency surgery after the shooting, and his condition is currently unknown, according to TMZ.

The rapper grew up in the Bronx in New York.

Lil Tjay got his big break after releasing his song "resume" in 2018.

Lil Tjay got his big break after releasing his song “Resume” in 2018.
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Lil Tjay rose to popularity after releasing his song “Resume” in 2018. Since then, he has continued to collaborate with top rappers including 6lack, Polo G, and Pop Smoke.


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