'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.


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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