Rapper Lil Tjay is currently recovering from surgery after getting shot in New Jersey on Wednesday, June 22.
The 21-year-old Bronx native was shot multiple times at The Promenade in Edgewater, according to TMZ. Along with him, Antoine Boyd, 22, also suffered a gunshot wound.
The two were quickly transported to the hospital. Now, a source tells TMZ that Lil Tjay is ‘out of surgery, and appears to be doing better… but he’s still not out of the woods yet’.
Who is Lil Tjay?
Tione Jayden Merritt, best known as Lil Tjay, is an American rapper and songwriter. The Bronx native was raised by a single mother and has two younger siblings.
The rapper rose to fame after his 2018 song Resume became a hit. He was signed by Columbia Records later that year.
He released his debut studio album True 2 Myself in 2019 and put out the mixtape State of Emergency in the following year.
Lil Tjay’s True 2 Myself opened at number five on the Billboard 200 chart and its tracks One Take, Hold On and Ruthless among others became ultra-popular.
The rapper’s second studio album, Destined 2 Win, came out in 2021 and featured the mega-hit track Calling My Phone.
His latest release was the song In My Head, which came out in April 2022.
Rapper undergoes surgery after being shot
TMZ reports that the cops have arrested three men following the shooting.
One of them has been charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder, while the other two have been arrested for second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
Lil Tjay was reportedly shot multiple times, while his friend was shot once.
A source confirmed with the outlet that TJay is out of surgery now and appears to be doing well. However, he’s still now completely out of danger, at the time of writing.
Lil Tjay’s IG post shows he was hyped for summer 2022
Just two weeks ago, the 21-year-old posted a video on his Instagram, captioning it: “Dis gon be a good summer.”
The video sees the star dancing shirtless with a big chain around his neck.
Lil Tjay was scheduled to perform at the Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park on July 22 this year. He was also slated to appear in several music festivals in Europe, according to SeatGeek.com.