Lil Tjay shooting latest – Rumors rapper is paralyzed and ‘brain dead’ debunked after being shot seven times | The Sun

RUMORS claiming that Lil Tjay has been left paralyzed and brain dead after being shot seven times have been debunked.

Tione Jayden Merritt, 21, was injured in Edgewater, New Jersey on June 22.

The rapper, of New York, was found with several gunshot wounds and sources told TMZ that he underwent emergency surgery.

The extent of his injuries remained unknown and social media users speculated if the music star was paralyzed.

A tweet from June 25 claimed that a so-called doctor said the star will be paralyzed for the rest of his life.

The unsubstantiated post said: “He is not able to move his upper body. He also has only a 15% chance to survive the attack. Pray for Lil Tjay.”

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It didn’t cite any sources and didn’t include a statement from Lil Tjay’s representative.

But, the post fuelled panic among social media users online.

The rumors have been debunked as a source told TMZ that the rapper is “out of surgery” and “appears to be doing better”.

Fans have blasted those who shared the unsubstantiated rumors.

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One tweeted: “So again for the new people awake. Lil tjay is not paralyzed. We have got no update from close friends or doctors or big news pages that he’s paralyzed (sic).

“Stop believing these fake troll pages.”

While a furious user hit back, saying: “Nothing accurate verified that Lil tjay is paralyzed!!! If y’all would read and not assume you would know that.”

 “It’s for the clout and all fake pages. Stop believing everything you see!”

And, a third person said: Until you see it from valid sources like friends and family about Lil Tjay being paralyzed, don't believe anything you see on this app.

"People do anything for Like's (sic) and interaction. S**t is sad in all honesty."

On June 23, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office tweeted that the rapper is in a critical but stable condition.


Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Mohamed Konate, 27, has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and three counts of first-degree armed robbery.

He was also arrested and charged with a slew of weapons offenses, Bergen County Prosecutor's Office revealed.

Jeffrey Valdez, 24, and Antoine Boyd, 22, were also arrested and charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

Lil Tjay issued an urgent public service announcement in an Instagram post just hours before he was shot.

He wrote: “PSA – 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 Outchea."

Lil Tjay rose to fame in 2018 following the release of his hit single, Resume, which quickly gained the attention of Columbia Records – whom he signed with later that year.

He has collaborated with several high-profile rappers, including Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, Tyga, Saweetie, and Offset.

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Some of Lil Tjay's recognizable songs include Brothers, Leaked, Calling My Phone, and Ice Cold.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, he amassed an estimated fortune of $600,000.

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