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A suspect has been arrested in the attempted murder of New York City rapper Lil Tjay, who was shot and underwent emergency surgery just after midnight on Wednesday.
Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York City, allegedly shot and killed the 21-year-old rapper, whose real name is Tione Merritt, the Bergen County Attorney’s Office said.
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New Jersey police also arrested Jeffrey Valdez, 24, and Antoine Boyd, 22, both from the Bronx, who were with the rapper, allegedly with a weapon when he was shot outside a mall in Edgewater.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the “Call My Name” anchor underwent emergency surgery and is recovering, “but he’s not out of the woods yet.”
Authorities said the shooting took place near the City Place mall in Edgewater at two locations: one at a Chipotle restaurant and another at a nearby Exxon gas station.
When police arrived, they found Lil Tjay with multiple gunshot wounds.
Boyd was also shot during the encounter with Konate, but authorities said the wounds were not life-threatening.
Konate has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery and multiple counts of assault and weapons and will be turned over to the NYPD.
The young rapper has gone viral in recent years, with 7 million followers on Instagram and two studio albums with Columbia Records, which reached the top 5 on the Billboard 200.
His 2021 song “Calling My Name” peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lil Tjay also has 4.65 million subscribers on YouTube, and his latest son, In My Head, has more than 12 million views in two months.
Jeffrey Valdez Fast and Facts
- Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York City, was detained on Wednesday
- Konate allegedly shot and killed the 21-year-old rapper, whose real name was Tione Merritt
- Police also arrested Jeffrey Valdez, 24, and Antoine Boyd, 22, of the Bronx.
- The shooting took place outside a mall in Edgewater, NJ