Crime

'Run It Up' Rapper Lil Tjay Shot Multiple Times, Suspect Arrested In New Jersey

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 25 Jun, 2022

Suspect arrested:

The man who shot Bronx rapper Lil Tjay multiple times in New Jersey on Wednesday has been arrested.

Robbery:

The gunfire occurred after suspect Mohamed Konate, 27, allegedly tried to rob Lil Tjay and two other men, officials said.

Chipotle restaurant:

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

Two victims:

Officers on the scene said they found the 21-year-old 'Goin' Up' rapper with multiple gunshot wounds and 22-year-old Antoine Boyd with a single gunshot wound.

Illegal weapon:

Officials said a third person, Jeffrey Valdez, 24, was with them, and he and Boyd had an unlawful weapon at the time.

Victims were taken to the hospital:

The outlet said Lil Tjay, real name Tione Merritt, and Boyd reportedly were transported to an area hospital for treatment, where Tjay allegedly underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday.

Health update:

While the statement didn't provide an update on their health, a follow-up tweet from BCPO on Wednesday said one victim, presumably Lil Tjay, was 'upgraded from critical to stable condition' and the other 'admitted to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries' is 'in good condition.'

Officials' statement reads:

According to the office's Wednesday statement, BCPO detectives and the New York Police Dept. arrested Konate later Wednesday, and his extradition to New Jersey is pending.

Mountain of charges:

Mohamed Konate is being charged with three counts of 1st-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree armed robbery, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm, and fourth-degree aggravated assault, according to the statement.

Unlawful possession of a weapon:

Boyd and Valdez were arrested and charged Wednesday with second-degree unlawful weapon possession and held at the Bergen County Jail pending their initial hearing in Hackensack, N.J.

Columbia Records:

The Post reported that Lil Tjay broke out on SoundCloud and was signed by Columbia Records in 2018. They released his debut album, 'True 2 Myself,' in October 2019, and it peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.

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