Six months after almost dying in a shooting, Lil Tjay was caught with a gun
Even though Lil Tjay had a bad experience with a gun last year, it seems like he can’t live without one. The Bronx rapper was arrested in New York for having a gun, six months after he was almost killed in a shooting.
Multiple sources say that on Monday, January 16, police stopped Tjay, whose real name is Tione Jayden Merritt, on East 183rd Street in the Fordham Heights neighborhood. He was in a car with four other people when the police pulled them over.
When police searched the car, they found two guns that were already loaded. No one knows why the police stopped him and searched his car in the first place. After that, Tjay and one of his friends were taken into custody and are being charged with allegedly breaking the law about weapons.
A video taken by a bystander shows the 21-year-old rap star being led by an officer to a police car with his hands tied behind his back. The person who took the video asked him if he was okay, but he only looked at the camera for a second and didn’t say anything.
Word is that Tjay was on his way to where Ice Spice’s music video was being shot when he was pulled over. Earlier that day, he posted on his Instagram Story, “Video shoot today lol it’s litt,” to confirm his plans.
Before he was arrested, Lil Tjay and Ice Spice joked about making a music video.
Ice Spice also hinted at the music video shoot by writing on her own Story, “Video shoot tmm, who’s poppin’ out? She said that it was in the Bronx, New York. She hasn’t said anything about Tjay’s arrest, but a video shows that she kept filming without him. During the filming, she was seen with Cleopatra.
Tjay was shot seven times during an attempted robbery in Edgewater, New Jersey, six months before he was caught. The event happened early in the morning of June 22. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for emergency surgery. A friend of the rapper, 22-year-old Antoine Boyd, was also shot once and was in stable condition. The shooter was also hit by gunfire, but with the help of an unidentified accomplice, he was able to get away.
After being in the hospital for months, a video of the “Resume” rapper leaving a hospital room with the help of a nurse came out in September. He wrote at the top of the clip, “The blogs said I couldn’t move and was paralyzed. But a week after surgery, I was able to walk again. I didn’t lose.”
Earlier this month, he posted pictures of himself with gunshot wounds from a show in New Jersey on Instagram.