Lil Tjay All Smiles in First Photo Taken Out of Hospital Since Shooting
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In a photo which circulates online, the 'Calling My Phone' rapper seems to be in good spirits while sitting in what looks like a car during a FaceTime call with his friends.

AceShowbiz - Lil Tjay is recovering well following a shooting incident last month. The Bronx-born rapper has reportedly been discharged from the hospital, over a month after he was shot multiple times in New Jersey.

In the first-known photo taken since he's out of the hospital, the 21-year-old was all smiles as he was sitting in what looks like a car during a FaceTime call with friends. It's unclear when he was exactly released from the hospital, but his fans rejoiced at the news.

"GLAD HE DOING GOOD MAN," one person commented on the picture posted on DJ Akademiks' Instagram page on Wednesday, August 3. Another praised God, "To God Be All The Glory." A third added, "Bro that's a blessing he still living," while a fourth person sent their prayer, "God bless lil bruh."

Tjay, born Tione Jayden Merritt, was shot multiple times in the chest and neck area in Edgewater, New Jersey in the early hours of June 22. It was reported at the time that there were two shooting sites, one at a Chipotle Restaurant and another at a nearby Exxon Gas station. Antoine Boyd, 22, also of the Bronx, who was with Tjay, was shot in the back, but survived.

The shooting suspect, Mohamed Konate of New York City, was arrested later that day. He was charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree armed robbery, and multiple weapons offenses. Antoine and Jeffery Valdez, who was also with Tjay but was not injured, were also arrested for second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, but charges were later dropped.

In late June, TMZ reported that the "Calling My Phone" rapper was awake and talking. Sources further told the outlet that "doctors recently removed his breathing tube, and when speaking, his voice sounds just like it did before the scary incident."

Another update surfaced in early July as he was seen having a video call with his friends or relatives from the hospital. In the footage, some folks were excited to see Tjay getting better. "He good, he good," one woman was heard shouting, while another demanded that the "Calling My Phone" hitmaker "say something." Another person remarked, "Tjay is good."

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