Bronx rapper Lil Tjay is now in stable condition after being shot in New Jersey. Prosecutors report this was not a random attack on the rapper.

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Lil Tjay In Stable Condition Following Shooting Attack

Lil Tjay is now in stable condition after undergoing surgery due to an unexpected shooting attack in Edgewater, New Jersey. 

The local prosecutor’s office reported Tjay was originally in critical condition when arriving at the hospital early this morning. Edgewood Police reported: 

“The investigation in Edgewater NJ shooting: per initial investigation, does not appear to be a random act and one victim upgraded from critical to stable condition. Other admitted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries in good condition.”

Lil Tjay Shot Outside Shopping Center

According to reports, 22-year-old rapper Lil TJay, Tione Merritt, is one of the two victims shot earlier this morning at The Promenade shopping center in Edgewood, New Jersey. The “Calling My Phone” rapper was found with multiple gunshot wounds and transported to the hospital, where emergency surgery was performed. 

Edgewater police and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office were on the scene of the shooting around  7 a.m. Wednesday, investigating a red Dodge Durango with a bullet hole in the driver’s window. It has also been reported that police were also seen inspecting a blood-stained towel.

Prosecutor Mark Musella announced additional information regarding the attack:

“The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Edgewater Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred at 14 The Promenade, Edgewater, NJ on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. At approximately 12:08 a.m. on June 22, the Edgewater Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting at that address. Responding officers found a 22-year-old victim with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers also responded to the Exxon Station located at 478 River Road, Edgewater, where they located another 22-year-old victim with a gunshot wound. Both victims were transported to an area hospital where they are being treated.”

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is currently managing an investigation under the direction of Chief Jason Love and the Edgewater Police Department under the direction of Chief Donald Martin. 

No additional information is available at this time.

Lil Tjay Calls Out Envious Peers

Hours before the shooting, Lil Tjay took to Instagram to shine light on the envious behavior around him; he wrote:

“ PSA Just because you’ve been around a person doesn’t make you entitled to the fruits of that person’s labor. Envy is at an all time highbe safe outchea.” 

Could the post be a coincidence or is it possible there was a reason behind his message?

Lil TJay’s Attack Effects

This comes just before he is set to perform at the “Oh! My Festival”  in the Netherlands on June 26, headlined by DaBaby and Lil Baby.