Lil TJay was one of two people shot in New Jersey early Wednesday morning, just weeks after declaring it would be a “good summer”.
The Bronx-born rapper has been hit several times at The Promenade in Edgewater. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said police officers responded to reports of shootings at the site shortly after midnight.
When they arrived, they discovered 21-year-old Lil TJay, whose real name is Tione Marriot, with multiple gunshot wounds.
Antoine Boyd, 22, was also found with one gunshot wound, officials said.
Both were transported to the district hospital for treatment. Officials, however, did not disclose their terms published by TMZ that Lil TJay underwent emergency surgery.
Officials said the shooting happened after Mohamed Konate tried to rob Lil TJay, Boyd and the third person the rapper was with, 24-year-old Jeffrey Valdez. Both Valdez and Boyd had illegal weapons with them at the time.
Konate was arrested later Wednesday by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the New York Police Department. His extradition to New Jersey is currently pending, officials said.
He is charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon for illegal purposes and a grave assault of the fourth degree.
Boyd and Valdez were charged with illegal possession of weapons and were held in the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack pending a first hearing.
Lil Tjay is a rapper born in the Bronx with over 7 million followers on Instagram. He became famous on Soundcloud and he was signed by Columbia Records In 2018, his debut album “True 2 Myself” reached number 5 on the US Billboard 200.
In an Instagram post Just two weeks before he was shot, the rapper published a video of himself dancing without a T-shirt with a big chain with the inscription “It will be a good summer”.
He was scheduled to perform at the Nickelodeon Universe theme park at the American Dream Mall on July 22, as well as at a number of music festivals in Europe, according to SeatGeek.com and tour dates posted on the rapper’s website.
Fellow artists and athletes prayed for the wounded rapper.
“Pray for my brother Tjaya,” tweeted French hip-hop star Montana.
“Run It Up” was the rapper arrested in Brooklyn In 2020, after police found a stockpile of weapons in the Cadillac Escalade in which he was driving after being stopped.
On New Year’s Eve, he was charged with possession of a weapon, possession of stolen property and illegal possession of marijuana. He received a $ 50,000 bond issued by famed Ira Judelson bond.