New York rapper Lil Tjay was shot in Edgewater just after midnight Wednesday, according to a TMZ report.
Officials have not confirmed the report, but the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said two 22-year-olds were shot at The Promenade shopping center at around 12:05 a.m. One victim was found with multiple gunshot wounds at the scene, which was outside a Chipotle. Another was found at a nearby Exxon station on River Road with a single gunshot wound. Prosecutors said one victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition but is now stable and the other was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and is in “good” condition.
In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, the prosecutor’s office said the shooting did “not appear to be a random act.”
TMZ reported Wednesday morning that Lil Tjay, whose real name is Tione Merritt, underwent emergency surgery, citing law enforcement sources.
Edgewater police and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office were at the shopping center after 7 a.m. Wednesday, inspecting a red Dodge Durango with a bullet hole in the driver’s window. Police were also seen inspecting a blood-stained towel.
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Tjay has 7 million followers on Instagram and has released two studio albums through Columbia Records that each charted in the top 5 on the Billboard 200. His 2021 song with singer 6lack “Calling My Name” debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
On Tuesday night, Tjay posted an Instagram story that said “Just because you’ve been around a person doesn’t make you entitled to the fruits of that persons labor. Envy Is At An All Time High Be Safe Otchea.”
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The shooting happened at the western end of City Place, a mixed-use development on a former Hudson River industrial site with stores and restaurants on the first floor and five stories of high-end condominiums above. The complex is usually bustling in the evening but dies down considerably after the restaurants and stores close. The complex has 24-hour security with guards in cars patrolling the facility.
Hatice Mumcu, who works and lives in the complex did not hear or see the shooting and was surprised to learn about it Wednesday afternoon, saying nothing like this has ever happened there.
Adel Gobran, who is staying at the Homewood Suites around the corner from the Chipotle said he isn’t worried about staying there, despite the shooting.
“It’s quiet here, I like it,” said Gobran, who lives in Queens.
Prosecutors did not say if any suspects were arrested or charged in connection with the shooting.