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Lil Tjay thanks supporters while breaking silence on near-fatal shooting


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Lil Tjay is thankful for those who’ve sent him well wishes as he recovers from a near-fatal shooting. Taking to Instagram Wednesday, the rapper spoke up for the first time since being shot at a New Jersey shopping center. 

“Hey, what’s going on, y’all, it’s your boy Tjay, man. I’m just checking in with y’all,” he said in a video shared on Instagram. “I just wanna say thanks for the love, thanks for the support. I been looking at the DMs … the comments and everything else, and I feel love.”

Tjay was shot in the thoracic cavity during an attempted robbery in June. He underwent emergency surgery and was unconscious but survived despite concerns he wouldn’t make it. 

“Seven shots, it was tough, you know?” the rapper said to his fans. “Most people don’t survive it, but I’m here. Here for a reason, and new music coming soon. We gonna come back stronger than ever. Love y’all.”

Suspect Mohamed Konate faces three counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree armed robbery and multiple weapons-related charges for his role in the attempted robbery-turned-shooting. Tjay’s friends Antoine Boyd and Jeffrey Valdez, who were present at the time, were also arrested on a second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon charge.

Tjay’s message follows reports of a New York City billboard announcing his imminent return.

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