Rapper Lil Tjay was shot multiple times and another man was injured during an attempted armed robbery early Wednesday morning in New Jersey, according to officials.
The Bergen County District Attorney’s Office, which is in charge of the investigation, said the shooting broke out at 14 The Promenade in Edgewater, which is the location of the Chipotle restaurant.
The Promenade is a residential and outdoor shopping district.
The Edgewater Police Department answered a 911 call about the shooting at 12:08 a.m. and found Lil Tjay, 21, whose legal name is Tony Jayden Merritt, with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the new version From the prosecutor’s office.
Authorities said the other victim, Antoine Boyd, 22, was found nearby at an Exxon gas station at 478 River Road, about a mile from Chipotle, with a single gunshot wound.
Investigators determined that suspect Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York, “attempted armed robbery” against Lil Tjay, and two people he was with, Jeffrey Valdez, 24, of the Bronx and New York and Boyd when the shooting occurred, according to the Office of the Attorney General.
Investigators from the Bergen County District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Police Department on Wednesday arrested Konate on three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery and other weapons counts, the statement said. It is awaiting extradition to New Jersey.
Officials said Valdez and Boyd are also charged with illegal possession of a weapon.
They were returned to Bergen County Jail pending their first court appearance in Hackensack, New Jersey, Central Judicial Processing Court, according to the statement.
The lawyer’s information about the three was not immediately available.
The two victims were taken to the hospital, where they were treated. TMZ He was the first to report that Lil Tjay was shot and had emergency surgery on Wednesday.
NBC News has reached out to his representatives for comment.
After news of the shooting, French rapper Montana chirp “Pray for my lil bro lil tjay”.
In an update Wednesday, officials said one of the victims was serious and was stable. The other victim had non-life-threatening injuries and was in good condition.
Lil Tjay posted on Instagram his story on Tuesday: “PSA just because you’ve been around someone doesn’t make you worthy of that person’s rewards. Envy is always safe.”
Lil Tjay, who hails from the Bronx in New York City, rose to prominence in 2018 with the song “Resume” and signed with her. Columbia Records.
The artist, who has more than 7 million followers on Instagram and more than 17 million listeners on Spotify, is known for songs like “Calling My Phone” with 6lack and “In My Head”. He was featured in Polo G’s song “Pop Out” which ranked 11th in Billboard Hot 100 . Chartand Pop Smoke’s “Mood Swings”.