Lil TJ was one of two people shot in New Jersey early Wednesday morning, just weeks after declaring it would be a “good summer.”
The Bronx-born rapper has been hit several times at The Promenade in Edgewater. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said that the police responded to the reports of the shooting at that location shortly after midnight.
When they arrived, they discovered 21-year-old Lil TiJai, whose real name is Tione Marriot, with multiple gunshot wounds.
Antoine Boyd, 22, was also found with a gunshot wound, officials said.
Both were transported to the district hospital for treatment. Officials did not disclose their terms, however TMZ reported that Lil TJai underwent emergency surgery.
Officials said the shooting happened after Mohamed Konate tried to rob Lil TJ, Boyd and the third person the rapper was with, 24-year-old Jeffrey Valdez. Both Valdez and Boyd had illegal weapons with them at the time.
Konate was arrested later Wednesday by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the New York Police Department. His extradition to New Jersey is currently pending, officials said.
He is charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a weapon for illegal purposes and a grave assault of the fourth degree.
Boyd and Valdez were accused of illegal possession of weapons and were detained in the Bergen district prison in Hakenzak, awaiting the first hearing.
Lil Tjai is a rapper born in the Bronx with over 7 million followers on Instagram. He became famous on Soundcloud, and signed it with Columbia Records 2018. His debut album, “True 2 Miself” reached 5th place on the American Billboard 200.
In a post on Instagram just two weeks before he was shot, the rapper posted a video of himself dancing without a T-shirt with a large chain with the caption “It will be a good summer.”
He was scheduled to perform at the Nickelodeon Universe theme park at the American Dream Mall on July 22, as well as at a series of music festivals in Europe, according to SeatGeek.com and tour dates posted on the rapper’s website.
Fellow artists and athletes prayed for the wounded rapper.
“Pray for my little brother Tijaj,” tweeted hip-hop star French Montana.
The rapper “Run It Up” was arrested in Brooklyn in 2020, after the police found the stockpile of weapons in the Cadillac Escalade in which he was driving after he was withdrawn.
On New Year’s Eve, he was charged with the criminal offense of possession of weapons, possession of stolen property and illegal possession of marijuana. He received a $ 50,000 bond set by famed Ira Judelson bond.
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