American rapper Lil Tjay underwent emergency surgery after he was shot during an attempted robbery at a New Jersey mall this week.
On Wednesday, June 22, police responded to a double shooting near Edgewater, where the 21-year-old rapper was shot dead.
The Bergen County District Attorney’s Office said the shooting was the result of an attempted robbery, adding that three arrests were made.
According to police, Lil Tjay, real name Tione Jayden Merritt, was shot several times and a friend of his named Antoine Boyd was shot once.
TMZ reported that the rapper was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery following the incident and appears to be doing better.
His condition has “changed from critical to stable,” the Bergen County District Attorney’s Office wrote in a tweet.
More details about the “Calling My Phone” rapper’s injuries have not been released.
Later Wednesday, Bergen County District Attorney Mark Musella revealed that a 27-year-old man named Mohamed Konaté had been arrested on suspicion of shooting Tjay.
He now faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree armed robbery and multiple weapons-related charges.
Lil Tjay’s friends Boyd and Jeffrey Valdez were also arrested and each charged with unlawful possession of a second-degree weapon.
According Complexboth are being held in the Bergen County Jail pending their first court appearance.