Two men wanted to shoot Young Dolph pictured outside the store where the rapper was shot down

Photographs of two armed men wanted in the fatal drive-by shooting of Memphis rapper Young Dolph have surfaced on social media.

The images, which circulated on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, depict two masked men shooting with weapons in a parking lot outside the South Memphis cookie shop where the 36-year-old artist was shot down on Wednesday.

A pair of armed, hooded men can be seen pointing their weapons at an unseen target at the disturbing images – one with a pistol and the other with a submachine gun.

What’s more, in one of the shots, the front of a vehicle belonging to the rapper can be glimpsed.

The disturbing snaps were confirmed to be legitimate by three independent law enforcement sources, who spoke to local news outlet FOX 13 on Thursday.

Two men wanted to shoot Young Dolph pictured outside the store where the rapper was shot down

This snap by one of the alleged assailants shows the front of a vehicle belonging to the rapper - a unique camouflage sports car, which he would often show off on social media

The photos show a pair of armed, hooded men pointing weapons at an unseen target – one with a submachine gun (left) and the other with a gun (right). The depicted suspects are currently still at large

Rapper Young Dolph, 36, was shot dead by several unnamed assailants in a drive-by attack on Wednesday.

Rapper Young Dolph, 36, was shot dead by several unnamed assailants in a drive-by attack on Wednesday.

Young Dolph was shot down Wednesday in a shooting while inside the store, Makeda’s Butter Cookies, a local store he visited in South Memphis around 6 p.m.

Police are still investigating the motive for the attack and no one has been arrested.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Memphis Police Department called the shooting “pointless” and proclaimed that the department was working to bring those responsible for today’s shooting and others to justice.

“Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and to all who were affected by this horrific act of violence,” the statement read.

Dengang Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn CJ Davis did not give the press any details about potential suspects in the attacks.

‘The shooting is yet another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationally,’ David declared at a conference held in the wake of the much-publicized shooting.

The police chief added that she is sending extra officers around the city to try to stop reprisals over the rapper’s death.

Pictures of the crime scene show a large police presence and Young Dolph's unique camouflage sports car - seen in one of the pictures of his suspected assailants - which he has shown on social media parked outside the cookie shop.  It was pictured being towed away after the fatal shooting

Pictures of the crime scene show a large police presence and Young Dolph’s unique camouflage sports car – seen in one of the pictures of his suspected assailants – which he has shown on social media parked outside the cookie shop. It was pictured being towed away after the fatal shooting

Fans on Wednesday were pictured standing in line outside the cake shop and recording videos of the recorded crime scene while sharing their disbelief that the local rapper was shot down.

Fans on Wednesday were pictured standing in line outside the cake shop and recording videos of the recorded crime scene while sharing their disbelief that the local rapper was shot down.

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn CJ Davis announced at a news conference Wednesday night: 'Tonight we strongly urge everyone to stay home if you do not have to be out,' and suggested that the police department may impose a curfew

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn CJ Davis announced at a news conference Wednesday night: ‘Tonight we strongly urge everyone to stay home if you do not have to be out,’ and suggested that the police department may impose a curfew

“Right now, we think the deployment of our officers in the specific areas most affected will be enough presence tonight,” she said, adding: “The Memphis Police Department is providing an increased presence in areas of the city that may be directly affected by this unfortunate event.

‘We are committed to working with society to stop these senseless murders. We are also committed to bringing those responsible for today’s shooting and others to justice. ‘

Young Dolph’s cousin Mareno Myers told local news media that the Memphis-raised rapper had been back in his hometown since Monday, visiting an aunt who has cancer and was planning to do charity work and hand out turkeys for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in a local church Friday. before the fatal attack.

‘He was inside [Makeda’s], and someone just rolled up on him and took his life, ‘Myers said.

“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as yet another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement.

Earlier that week, the rapper performed at a concert at the University of Memphis.

Officers from the Memphis Police Department were on the scene Wednesday as crowds of people gathered to honor the slain rapper

Officers from the Memphis Police Department were on the scene Wednesday as crowds of people gathered to honor the slain rapper

Store owner Maurice Hill told Fox 13 News that the 36-year-old rapper walked into the store to buy cookies, and a vehicle pulled up and shot through the window, hitting him.

Pictures of the crime scene show a large police presence and Young Dolph’s unique camouflage Corvette, which he has displayed on social media parked outside the cookie shop.

Fans lined up outside the store and recorded videos of the recorded crime scene, sharing their disbelief that the local rapper was shooting down.

The fatal shooting came a week after he was filmed outside the cake shop, where he promoted its chocolate cakes in a video posted on social media.

‘All I came for was getting some Makedas,’ he said in the post.

Originally born in Chicago, Young Dolph grew up in Memphis, where he lived until his untimely death since he was a small child.

Raised by his grandmother, the rapper tried – whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. – to help his parents ‘clean up their lives’ when he finds success.

He released several mixtapes, starting with ‘Paper Route Campaign’ from 2008 and several studio albums, including his debut ‘King of Memphis’ from 2016.

He also collaborated on other mixtapes and albums with other rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, TI, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and others.

He was on OT Genasis’ hit ‘Cut It’ from 2015 and known for his hit songs’ Major ‘and’ On the River ‘.

Young Dolph had three albums reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200, with 2020’s ‘Rich Slave’ topping as No. 4.

In his music, Young Dolph rapped about being a drug dealer and life on the streets of Memphis. He considered himself a workaholic and in recent years was focused on developing his business.

“I’m first CEO, then artist,” he told author Gary Suarez in a 2020 interview for Forbes, saying he had strategically refrained from signing with a larger label. ‘As long as I keep going up and keep working, my value will increase.

‘I know what the streets want to hear, I know what the street goes through, the language, fashion, everything. It is nothing; it’s my real life, he told Suarez at the time.

After his death was confirmed by police, tributes to the rapper began to pour in.

Rapper Gucci Mane tweeted: ‘RIP to my friend Dolph, this broke my heart.’

Football legend Deion Sanders remembered the rapper with a video of him celebrating a homecoming victory with the Jackson State football team last month.

‘I appreciate you @YoungDolph for blessing us my brother after our homecoming victory. Our young men love you my husband. ‘

Producer Prentice Penny called the loss ‘tragic’.

‘I hate to hear about Young Dolph – it’s so unnecessary and tragic. Especially for being killed in a cake shop founded by a wonderful black family who named their shop after a daughter they lost to leukemia. Let’s be better, ‘he tweeted.

However, this was not the rapper’s – whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. – the first time he was attacked by a shooter, but police have not confirmed whether his death was related to the other shots fired.

He was shot several times in September 2017 after a fight outside a hotel in Los Angeles.

In February of that year, his SUV was shot down in Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 100 times.

The event was the inspiration for the song ‘100 Shots’. He said he survived because he had bulletproof panels in his vehicle, The Commercial Appeal reported.

In his music, Young Dolph rapped about being a drug dealer and life on the streets of Memphis. He recently performed at a concert at the University of Memphis and has performed during the break of a Memphis Grizzlies game.

He was admired in Memphis as a torchbearer by the city’s rap legend Three 6 Mafia.

The rising star considered himself a workaholic and in recent years has been focused on growing his business. “I’m first a CEO, then an artist,” he told author Gary Suarez in a 2020 interview with Forbes, saying he had strategically put up with signing with a bigger label.

‘As long as I keep going up and keep working, my value will increase.

‘I know what the streets want to hear, I know what the street goes through, the language, fashion, everything. It is nothing; it’s my real life, he told Suarez.

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