Young Dolph, a rapper, was shot and killed in Memphis on Wednesday afternoon, according to three independent law enforcement sources.
Young Dolph, 36, stepped into the business to buy cookies, according to Maurice Hill, the proprietor of Makeda’s Butter Cookies, where the incident occurred. Around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, someone drove up to the bakery in South Memphis and shot and killed him.
Memphis police issued a statement regarding the shooting shortly before 5 p.m. Young Dolph appears to be the victim, according to officers, but the identification procedure has not yet been finished.
“Our thoughts go out to the Thornton family and those who were affected by this awful act of violence,” police stated, calling the shooting “senseless.” Officers are committed to attempting to prevent these types of situations, according to the announcement.
Hundreds of people gathered to the area when news and headlines from across the world broke. Tensions rose at the scene, and raw emotion erupted. People were crying on the ground. Some bystanders demanded an end to gun violence and a return to peace. Others bemoaned the passing of the Memphis icon and expressed their displeasure.
At times, chaos reigned. A automobile pulled into the crime scene with a man inside who was presumably shot. Paramedics carried that man away on a stretcher.
Police labored for hours to disperse the throng while trying to make sense of the unfortunate shooting death.
The rap legend was in the Memphis bakery a week before he was fatally shot, spreading love and promoting the businesses.
When FOX13 crews arrived, Young Dolph’s camouflage Lamborghini was parked in the bakery’s parking lot.
DOLPH THE YOUNG’S LEGACY
Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., the rapper’s real name, is well-known in the Memphis neighborhood.
With the release of his mixtape “High Class Street Music 4” and the single “Preach,” Young Dolph gained global fame in 2014.
King of Memphis, his debut studio album, was released in 2016.
Young Dolph is well-known in Memphis for his work with the Memphis Athletic Ministries organization, which includes handing out turkeys around Thanksgiving, speaking to schoolchildren, and donating money to his former high school, Hamilton High School.
Another person was with Young Dolph at the time of the incident, according to the Memphis Police Department.
Traffic in the area has been halted. Traffic on I-40 in the region is also at a standstill.
People took to Twitter shortly after the news broke to express their feelings on Young Dolph.
On the day of the tragedy, Coach Deion Sanders went to his faith.