A New York City man was charged with attempted murder Wednesday after an early morning shooting in New Jersey left rapper Lil Tjay with multiple gunshot
According to TMZ, the 21-year-old musician was out of surgery as of 1 p.m. EST and his condition was improving, though “he’s still not out of the woods yet.”
In addition to the attempted murder allegation, Mohamed Konate, 27, was also arrested on charges of armed robbery and weapons offenses, the release states.
Authorities say Lil Tjay, legal name Tione Jayden Merritt, was shot several times shortly after midnight on June 22 at the Promenade, a mixed-use development in Edgewater, New Jersey.
Two friends, identified by authorities as Jeffrey Valdez, 24, and Antoine Boyd, 22, were with Merritt at the time of the shooting. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Merritt “with multiple gunshot wounds” and Boyd “with a single gunshot wound.”
Merritt’s companions were also arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
Although some media reports indicated the Bronx-born rapper was undergoing surgery after the incident, authorities would not confirm the status of those injured.
Before the incident, the 21-year-old rapper posted a since-deleted ominous message on his Instagram Stories: “Just because you’ve been around a person doesn’t make you entitled to the fruits of that persons labor. Envy Is At An All Time High Be Safe Outchea.”