A suspect has been arrested in the attempted murder of New York rapper Lil Tjay, who was shot just after midnight on Wednesday and underwent emergency surgery.
Bergen County prosecutors said Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York City, was in custody after allegedly shooting and killing the 21-year-old rapper, whose real name was Tione Merritt.
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 the Edgewater mall.
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.”
Officials said the shooting took place near the City Place mall in Edgewater, where there were two filming 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 confrontation with Konate, but officials said the injuries were not life-threatening.
Konate was charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery and a series of weapons and assault counts and will be extradited to the NYPD.
The young rapper has grown rapidly in recent years, with 7 million followers on Instagram and two studio albums with Columbia Records, which reached the top five on the Billboard 200.
His 2021 song Calling My Name reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
Lil Tjay also has 4.65 million subscribers on YouTube, and his new son In My Head has more than 12 million views in two months.