Rapper Young Dolph fatally shot at Tennessee cookie shop
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed Wednesday at a cookie shop in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and a search is underway for the shooter, officials said. Police tweeted that no suspect information was available in the shooting, which took place at Makeda’s Cookie’s near Memphis International Airport. “The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
A man was injured in a shooting near the memorial site for rapper Young Dolph on Thursday, just one day after the artist was gunned down at a well-known Tennessee bakery.
The Memphis Police Department said the man was shot in the 2600 block of Airways Boulevard and was listed as “non-critical." The victim was not identified.
The violence unfolded as mourners gathered Thursday around Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, the site where the 36-year-old rapper, whose name was Adolph Thornton Jr., was killed Wednesday. The store is in the 2300 block of Airways Boulevard.
Three people were arrested in connection with the Thursday shooting. While two of them were captured immediately, the third person was detained after a brief pursuit, Memphis Police said. Their names have not been released.
Young Dolph, popular Memphis-based rapper, dead at 36
Young Dolph, the rapper behind albums like "Rich Slave," died in a fatal shooting in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday at the age of 36, according to Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis.Young Dolph, the rapper behind albums like "Rich Slave," died in a fatal shooting in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday at the age of 36, according to Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis.
It is not clear if the two shootings are connected. Both remain under investigation.
No arrests have been made so far in the rapper’s death.
Young Dolph, who was in Memphis for his annual Thanksgiving giveaway, was on his way to hand out turkeys when he stopped at the bakery, his attorney, Scott Hall, said.
Police were called to the bakery, located southeast of downtown Memphis, at 12:24 p.m. Wednesday, Chief CJ Davis said in a statement Wednesday.
“The shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide,” she said. “Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected by this horrific act of violence.”
She said that a motive wasn’t clear and that investigators were gathering details from witnesses to try to identify the shooter or shooters.
Young Dolph Visited Cookie Store 'Every Time' He Came Home, Video Posted Days Before Death Reveals
Makeda's Cookies had shared a video of their famous customer stopping by less than a week before he was shot outside the storeYoung Dolph was a regular customer at the cookie shop where he was fatally shot in Memphis on Wednesday.
On Thursday, police shared photos of two people they are seeking in connection with the Wednesday shooting. They were recorded on security cameras.
Police said the surveillance footage shows the pair exit a white two-door Mercedes Benz armed with guns. They approach the rapper inside the business and shoot him several times before fleeing the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
The Commercial Appeal reported that Young Dolph had been the victim of two other shootings.
In February 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was in a vehicle when a person fired more than 100 rounds at the heavily armored SUV he was in, which he credited with saving his life.
Later that year, Young Dolph was critically injured when he was shot multiple times outside a hotel in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. He made a full recovery, the newspaper reported.
Variety reported that he was the cousin of the Chicago rapper Juice Wrld, who died of a drug overdose at Midway International Airport in 2019.
Memphis police say tips can be made to its homicide unit at 901-636-3300 or to Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. There is a cash reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of suspects, police say.
Young Dolph's Family Shares Pain of Losing Rapper Following His Death Aged 36 .
The Memphis rapper, who had two children, was shot dead at a cookie shop in the city on November 17.Dolph—whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.—was fatally shot at a Memphis cookie shop on November 17.