The shooting occurred in front of the renowned local bakery, Makeda’s Cookies. Witnesses who documented the aftermath of the shooting on social media identified Young Dolph’s car, a vehicle with a unique and distinguishable camouflaged paint job.
The Memphis Police Department said “preliminary information” indicated Young Dolph was the sole male victim, according to a statement on Twitter. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide. Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected by this horrific act of violence,” the police statement read. There is no information on possible suspects at this time.
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A person receiving calls at a phone number for APA Agency, which lists Young Dolph on the agency page, declined to comment. Memphis police also declined to immediately confirm the identity of the shooting victim. FOX13’s report attributed confirmation of the identity of the young rapper to three unnamed law enforcement sources.
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Young Dolph.
Born in Chicago, Young Dolph (real name Adolph Thornton Jr.) moved to Memphis as an infant. He launched his career with a series of mixtapes beginning in 2008. In recent years, Thornton had moved up the hip-hop ranks and Billboard charts, starting in 2016 with Gold-certified hits like “Play Wit Yo B—-” and “100 Shots” while his 2020 “Rich Slave” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
In 2016, Young Dolph released the “King of Memphis” album, a title previously espoused by Yo Gotti, whose real name is Mario Mims. The two rappers are rumored to have an ongoing feud.
Thorton had been involved in two other shootings that took place in 2017.
In February 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina, a suspect fired more than 100 rounds at a heavily armored SUV that Thornton would later credit with saving his life.
Gotti associate Blac Youngsta was one of three men who subsequently surrendered to authorities in Charlotte for their alleged involvement in the shooting
Later in 2017, Thorton was critically injured after a suspect shot him multiple times outside of a hotel in Los Angeles. He made a full recovery, and subsequent media reports suggested the incident was somehow the result of the long-running musical and personal feud with Mims.
Thorton has made previous comments that describe their relationship as one that started with mutual admiration before devolving to animosity.
The sheriff’s department of Los Angeles County did not confirm Mims was a suspect at the time.
This story is developing and will be updated.