Lil Tjay Recalls 'Tough' Situation When He Was Shot Seven Times in New Jersey
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The 21-year-old emcee, whose real name is Tione Jayden Merritt finally shares his story after he got shot in Edgewater, New Jersey in the early hours of June 22.

AceShowbiz - Lil Tjay has finally broken his silence on his recent shooting. When addressing the matter on social media, the "Calling My Phone" rapper divulged that he was shot seven times during the New Jersey incident.

The 21-year-old, whose real name is Tione Jayden Merritt, shared his story through an Instagram video on Wednesday, August 24. "Hey, what's going on, y'all?" he greeted his fans. "It's your boy Tjay, man. I'm just checking in with y'all. I just wanna say, thanks for the love, thanks for the support."

"I been looking at the DMs, comments and everything else and I feel love," the emcee added. "Seven shots, it was tough, you know. Most people don't survive it. But I'm here, here for a reason. New music coming soon. We gon' come back stronger than ever, man."

The post arrived after Tjay announced his return into the rap world. On Tuesday, DJ Akademiks shared on Instagram a photo of a huge billboard in the Bronx, New York City. There was a message that read, "I'M BACK. - Lil Tjay."

The shooting occurred 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 Tjay 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."

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