Rapper Young Dolph Shot Dead in Memphis

Rapper Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., popularly known by his stage name Young Dolph, was shot and killed at a Cookie shop in Memphis, Tennesse on Wednesday and a search is underway for the shooter, police said.

According to the Memphis Police Department Chief CJ Davis said officers responded to a shooting at a cookie shop at around 12:30 p.m. where the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The preliminary information indicates that the victim is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. However this information will be confirmed once the identification process has been completed,” Davis said in a statement.

“This shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide. Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected this horrific act of violence,” Davis added.

A week ago, the cookie shop posted a video on Instagram of the rapper, promoting Makeda’s cookies, saying he returned to the store whenever he was in Memphis.

Police have tweeted that so far there’s no information on the suspect, and stated that “this shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide. Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected by this horrific act of violence”.

This isn’t the first time Young Dolph was the targeted in a shooting. In the year 2017, he was attacked and his SUV was shot over 100 times in Charlotte, NC. An arrest warrant was issued for another rapper, Blac Youngsta, over the incident, abut charges were dropped.

Later that same year he was shot and hit by multiple bullets outside a Hollywood store, which took him into surgery.

After that released a song about the incident called, “100 Shots.”

The Memphis rapper, released a successful, independently produced debut album, King of Memphis, in 2016. Then he made three other albums that reached the top 10 in the Billboard 200, including his latest work, Rich Slave, which was released in 2020. The album became his highest-charting project, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200.