American rapper and singer who was recently shot multiple times during an attempted armed robbery on June 22, 2022, in New Jersey. Sadly, two of the seven shots pierced through his back region. Rumors circulated that Lil Tjay has been paralyzed for life. So is he? Read on to know the current situation of the “Calling My Phone” star.
About the Incident…
Tione Jayden Merritt, known professionally as Lil Tjay, was shot multiple times on June 22, 2022, during an attempted robbery in Edgewater, New Jersey, and underwent emergency surgery. However, a second victim, Antoine Boyd (22), his Merrit’s friend, was shot in the back and is expected to survive.
Meanwhile, the shooter was also hit by gunfire and escaped with help from an unidentified co-conspirator. It was reported by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that the shooting did not appear random and that one victim was upgraded from critical to stable condition, while the other was in good condition.
Is Anyone Charged For the Shooting?
After Lil Tjay was shot seven times, police arrested 27-year-old Mohamed Konate, who was charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree armed robbery, and multiple weapons offenses.
On the other hand, Jeffery Valdez, who was with Merritt but was not injured, and Antoine Boyd were both charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, but charges were later dropped. Merritt was not charged with any crime. Therefore, the situation seems fishy as of now and an investigation is still going on.
Is Lil Tjay Paralyzed?
Days after the American rapper, Lil Tjay, who rose to prominence in 2018 with his song “Resume”, was shot in New Jersey, a rumour claiming that he’s paralyzed took over Twitter. Rumors of Lil Tjay being paralyzed can be sourced back to an account on Twitter with the username, @ilove69andtjay. A recent tweet made by the account said:
“JUST IN: Doctor Raheem Smith said Lil Tjay will be paralyzed for the rest of his life. He got 5 of 7 shots in the chest area and 2 in the spine. He is not able to move his upper body. He also has only a 15% chance to survive the attack. Pray for Lil Tjay”
The rumors regarding Lil Tjay being paralyzed have been debunked, stating that there is no evidence to back up this claim. Not only this, several outlets state that these rumors have originated from a fake Twitter account that states numerous unverified facts.
For instance, the same source claimed on June 27 that Lil Tjay is safe and in better condition. It must be noted that no reliable news portal has mentioned Dr. Raheem Smith in connection with Tjay’s medical team. On June 25, the same account had tweeted, saying that the singer had passed away, despite there being no news of the same.
Well, the bottom line is that Lil Tjay is not paralyzed! All rumors are false and hold no credibility. The last update about Tjay’s condition came through TMZ on Thursday (June 23) which revealed that Tjay remained unconscious in the hospital and was scheduled for a CAT Scan.
However, the singer did not show any bodily movement except for some leg motion on the day of the incident. In these tough times, when the artist is struggling to recuperate, let us all ensure that we pay no heed to such rumors and pray for his early recovery. I say once again, Lil Tyay is not paralyzed!