On Wednesday morning, news broke that rapper Lil TJ had been shot and was undergoing emergency surgery. Few details were available at the time, but officials said the incident happened after midnight in New Jersey.
a Press release The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in NJ provided additional clarity on the circumstances of the shooting. It is revealed that Lil TJ, real name Tion Merritt, was the victim of a robbery attempt. Wednesday’s press release said Mohamed Konate of New York tried to rob lil tease and two of his crew, Jeffrey Valdez and Antoine Boyd. Firing also took place during the robbery. However, it is not clear who fired first.
The Edgewater Police Department received several 911 calls alerting them of the firing. The shooting took place at a shopping plaza near the Chipotle restaurant. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the rapper with multiple gunshot wounds, but Antoine had a single gunshot wound.
27-year-old faces charges of attempted murder and armed robbery
After investigation, the police arrested Mohammed from New York. According to the release, his extradition to New Jersey is pending. The 27-year-old faces charges including three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree armed robbery for shooting. Mohammed also faces second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, certain second-degree individuals not possessing a firearm, and fourth-degree aggravated assault.
Officers also arrested Jeffrey and Antoine and charged each with second-degree illegal possession of weapons. The men await their first court appearance at the Bergen County Jail.
to rectify #bcponj And @EdgewaterPolice Invitational 6/22 Shooting: Alleged shooter arrested and charged with attempt to murder, armed robbery and weapons charges. Two others have been charged with illegal possession of arms. 1 victim released from hospital; The condition of the other is critical but stable.
— BCPONJ (@BCPONJ) 23 June 2022
The statement did not provide any additional information about Lil TJ’s health. However, a Twitter account belonging to the prosecutor’s office said one victim is “in a serious but stable condition” as of Thursday afternoon. TMZ, On the other hand, Lil TJ Confirmed Was out of surgery and according to his source was recovering.
There’s still no word from TJ’s social accounts at the time of publication.
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