[PICS] Memphis Police Release Photos of Suspects in Young Dolph Shooting


[PICS] Memphis Police Release Photos of Suspects in Young Dolph Shooting

Photo Credit: Memphis Police Department

Surveillance video may show two suspects in the shooting death of rapper Young Dolph on Wednesday, Memphis Police said.

Police released surveillance photos of the two suspects they are hoping could help solve the crime. The two men – whose faces are partially covered – are shown exiting a white two-door Mercedes-Benz coupe and approaching Young Dolph as he was inside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, a longtime popular destination for the 36-year-old rapper.

Memphis Police Release Photos of Suspects in Young Dolph Shooting

Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., had arrived at the cookie store in his unique camo-wrapped C8 Corvette, complete with blue stripe and Tension Blue interior.

A video on social media shows the rapper filling the tank of the car shortly before the shooting.

“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,” Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said Wednesday.

The fatal shooting was actually Young Dolph’s second brush with death. In 2017, he was hospitalized for weeks after being shot three times in Hollywood.

“I’ve been targeted since I was 17, 18, 19,” Young Dolph told The Guardian about the incident in a 2018 interview. “I just knew that I was good.”

Still, he added that he wasn’t “a person that lives in fear.”

Despite his tough-guy image, Young Dolph was a family man, with two children by his longtime girlfriend, Mia Jaye. In fact, a video originally posted in August by Jaye on her Instagram account, is circulating on social media and shows the rapper lovingly styling his young daughter Aria’s hair.

A native of Chicago, Young Dolph grew up in Memphis. He released his debut album, “King of Memphis,” in 2016 and followed that with “Rich Slave” in 2020, which hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Among his most popular songs are “Blue Diamonds” and “RNB” with Megan Thee Stallion.

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  1. Just a Corvette involved in a scenario that would otherwise be an every day event in this country. #FJB


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