Rapper Young Dolph was fatally shot on Wednesday near a bakery in Memphis, Tennessee, law enforcement officials said.
“One male victim was located and was pronounced dead. No suspect info is available at this time. The victim will be identified once the next of kin notification has been completed. Please call 901-528-CASH with tips,” the Memphis Police Department said. The Associated Press later confirmed his death with police.
While speaking with WHBQ-TV, Maurice Hill, the owner of Makeda’s Butter Cookies, where the shooting occurred, said that Young Dolph walked into the store to purchase cookies but was gunned down by someone driving by. He was had been in Memphis since Monday visiting an aunt with cancer, according to The Daily Memphian. He had also been giving out turkeys.
Young Dolph was a fan of the cookie store, according to a video posted on Instagram by the shop last week. In the video, he shows off chocolate cookies that he bought, and the caption says he would stop by when he was in Memphis.
Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., is a native of Memphis. His 2016 debut album was titled King of Memphis.
Shortly after the shooting was reported, numerous fans paid tribute to Young Dolph on social media.
Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz wrote, “Damn man RIP young dolph.”
Members of the rap group, Migos, also paid tribute to Young Dolph on Twitter.
“DAMN! This One Hurt,” Migos member Quavo wrote. “RIP DOLPH!”
Similarly, Offset of the Migos wrote, “Damn R.I.P DOLPH PRAYER FOR YA KIDS AND FAMILY SMH.”
NFL legend and current head coach of the Jackson State football team, Deion Sanders posted two pictures of himself with Young Dolph and wrote, “Lord please cover the entire @YoungDolph family, friends and loved 1z. We thank u in advance Lord in Jesus name Amen.”
Trey Smith of Vice wrote, “i probably interviewed dolph more times than any other artist in my career so far. not only was he was one of the smartest and funniest people i’ve met through my job but the way he spoke on how he cared about his people made you want to do better on your end.”
Twitter user PB shared a picture of Young Dolph and his family and wrote, “Rip young dolph man, yo family in my prayers.”