Lil Tjay, who has over 7 million Instagram followers and 17 million monthly Spotify listeners, was wounded during a failed armed robbery attempt in Edgewater, according to authorities.
In an attempted armed robbery early Wednesday in New Jersey, rapper Lil Tjay was shot multiple times and another man was also wounded.
Gunfire erupted at a Chipotle restaurant at a residential and outdoor shopping center in Edgewater, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, which is investigating the incident.
Deputy Edgewater Police responded to a 911 call about a shooting shortly after midnight, when they found Lil Tjay, 21, whose legal name is Tione Jayden Merritt, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Another victim, 22-year-old Antoine Boyd, was found shot at an Exxon gas station about a mile from the Chipotle, police said.
According to the prosecutor’s office, investigators determined that suspect Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York, “attempted armed robbery” against Lil Tjay and two other people he was with, Jeffrey Valdez, 24, of the Bronx, New York, and Boyd when the shooting happened.
A release stated that detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the New York City Police Department arrested Konate on Wednesday on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, and possession of weapons. New Jersey authorities are seeking his extradition.
Several charges have also been filed against Valdez and Boyd, including unlawful possession of a weapon.