Rapper Lil Tjay one of two men wounded in shooting in New Jersey; 3 men arrested

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Rapper Lil Tjay was one of two men wounded in a shooting in New Jersey early Wednesday, according to police.

Police have arrested several people after Rapper Lil Tjay was one of two men wounded in a shooting in New Jersey early Wednesday, according to law enforcement sources.

Following a 911 call, police officers responded to the Promenade in Edgewater at around 12:08 a.m.

Officers found a 21-year-old rapper Tione 'Lil TJay' Merritt with multiple gunshot wounds.

A second 22-year-old man, identified as Antoine Boyd, was then found at a nearby gas station on River Road also with a gunshot wound.

Both victims were taken to the hospital where they were being treated, one of them in critical condition.

The other suffered non-life threatening injuries.

An investigation led by Bergen County officials and the Edgewater Police Department revealed 27-year-old Mohamed Konate attempted to rob Merritt, Boyd and a third person, identified as 24-year-old Jeffrey Valdez, when the shooting occurred.

Konate was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of first-degree armed robbery, among others.

In addition, Valdez and Boyd were both arrested after after police found them in possession of a weapon.

They were charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

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