Memphis police were at the scene of the shooting Wednesday afternoon at 2370 Airways Boulevard near Ketchum.
Employees and witnesses can be seen in front of broken windows at Makeda’s Butter Cookies, a bakery in a strip mall where Young Dolph recently visited. Watch a video of his visit to Makeda in July.
Young Dolph, real name Adolph Thornon Jr., graduated from Hamilton High School in Memphis. Last year, he donated $25,000 to the school to buy new sports equipment and gear.
Young Dolph’s first album, King of Memphis, was released in 2016 and peaked at number 49 on the Billboard charts. His hits include “Get Paid”.
On Monday, he was at the Western Cancer Center outside of Memphis with rapper Key Glock to give away 200 turkeys over Thanksgiving.
A man who answered the phone and identified himself as the owner of Makeda confirmed that a young man was shot while buying cookies.
Police said a male victim was located and died at the scene. They did not release information about a suspect.
“Victims will be identified once further next of kin notification is completed. Please call 901-528-CASH to provide tips,” said MPD.
Aviation Avenue, which runs in front of the scene, is believed to be back as far as Interstate 240.
At one point, a woman on a trailer arrived at the scene, telling police she had a shot victim in her vehicle. That shooting does not appear to be related to the Young Dolph shooting. EMTS has begun treating the man at the scene.
Young Dolph was the victim of a previous shooting during an altercation at Loew’s Hollywood hotel in 2017 in Los Angeles. One was taken to prison on a charge of attempted murder in that case, but released without charge.
Earlier that year, rapper Blac Youngsta, who was signed to Yo Gotti, allegedly fired more than 100 shots into Dolph’s SUV in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Social media exploded with tributes to Young Dolph.
“God bless Dolph. The real independent Memphis rapper was born in Chicago. loved by millions of ppl. Show love every time I see him, this is a tragedy God bless his family man,” Chance the Rapper tweeted.
“Sending love to the family, friends and fans of @YoungDolph Rest in peace, young brother. I pray for your children and family to be protected and upheld by the Almighty,” wrote LL Cool J on Twitter.
“I hope to God these rumors are not true about my friend, my brother and a dear man of my children. @YoungDolph . Lord, help us as a people to stop hatred, violence and hopelessness. When we realize we are important, others will too. God help us now.” Deion Sanders wrote on Twitter.
“A proud Hamilton and generous supporter of @SCSK12Unified, this young father’s life tragically ended in gun violence. Let us keep sounding the ALARM and calling for PEACE in our city! Shelby Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray said on Twitter.
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