Man who allegedly shot rapper Lil Tjay arrested, charged

The man suspected of shooting dead Bronx rapper Lil Tjay in New Jersey on Wednesday has been arrested and faces a mountain of charges.

These included attempted murder, armed robbery and gun crime, according to New Jersey law enforcement.

The shooting happened after suspect Mohamed Konate, 27, allegedly tried to rob the “Goin’ Up” rapper and two other men, according to a press statement from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Edgewater Police Dept. received multiple 911 calls just after midnight early Wednesday reporting shots at Promenade 14, a mall in Edgewater that houses a Chipotle restaurant.

Officials at the scene said they found Lil Tjay, 21, with multiple gunshot wounds and Antoine Boyd, 22, with a single gunshot wound. A third person, Jeffrey Valdez, 24, was with them, and he and Boyd were each in possession of an unlawful weapon at the time, officials said.

Lil Tjay, real name Tione Merritt, and Boyd were reportedly taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to the New York Post and TMZ, where Tjay reportedly underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday.

While the statement didn’t provide an update on her medical condition, a follow-up tweet from BCPO on Wednesday said that one victim, believed to be Lil Tjay, “was upgraded to stable condition from critical” and the other was “in non-life threatening condition.” hospitalized injuries” is “in good condition”.

The tweet also said that the shooting “does not appear to be [a] act of chance.”

BCPO detectives and the New York City Police Department arrested Konate later Wednesday and his extradition to New Jersey is pending, the bureau’s statement Wednesday said.

Konate is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree armed robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of firearms, second-degree unlawful possession of firearms, certain second-degree possession of a firearm and fourth-degree aggravated assault, the statement said.

Valdez and Boyd were arrested and charged Wednesday with second-degree unlawful firearms possession and are being held in the Bergen County Jail pending their first hearing in Hackensack, New Jersey

Lil Tjay broke out on SoundCloud and was signed to Columbia Records in 2018, the Post reported. He released his debut album, True 2 Myself, in October 2019 and it reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

The artist has more than 7 million followers on Instagram and 4.9 million followers on TikTok.

Representatives for the rapper did not respond to The Times requests for comment.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-06-23/rapper-lil-tjay-multiple-gunshot-wounds-armed-robbery Man who allegedly shot rapper Lil Tjay arrested, charged

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