Memphis Police Department
Memphis police have released surveillance footage of two suspects wanted in the murder of rapper Young Dolph as he bought cookies at a well-known bakery in Memphis on Wednesday.
The two masked suspects are seen coming out of a white, two-door Mercedes Benz armed with weapons and wearing sweatshirts as they approach the rapper, whose real name is Adolph Thornton, Jr., as he was inside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, police said in a statement on Facebook.
Investigators say the two suspects shot him several times and eventually fled.
The young Dolph was pronounced dead at the scene.
So far, no one has been arrested in the 36-year-old’s death, and police say the investigation is ongoing.
Please see the attached photos of the suspects and the suspect vehicle from the 2370 Airways Boulevard murder.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH. pic.twitter.com/LzYLPJLlOc
– Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) November 18, 2021
“This shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationally,” Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said during a news conference Wednesday. “Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and to all who are affected by this horrific act of violence.”
The rapper, who is from Memphis, released a successful, independently produced debut album, King of Memphis, in 2016.
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Young Dolph released three albums that reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200, including his latest solo work, Rig Slave, which was released in 2020.
Rig Slave became his highest-charting project and topped as number four on the Billboard 200.
The rapper has been the victim of several shootings in recent years
In February 2017, more than 100 shots were fired at Young Dolph’s bulletproof SUV in Charlotte, NC. He was not injured – and he later released a song about the incident called “100 Shots.”
Later that year in September, he was involved in another shooting outside a hotel in Los Angeles. LAPD officials told Los Angeles television station KTLA that the shooting took place after an altercation with three men, “which escalated into a physical fight.”
During the fight, Young Dolph was knocked to the ground when one of the suspects pulled out a gun and started firing at him, the LAPD said. The rapper was able to escape from the scene and ran to a nearby store.
He was later taken to a hospital and underwent surgery, after which he recovered completely. The investigation into the shooting in September 2017 is still ongoing.