Murdered rapper Young Dolph killed in Memphis

Written by Staff Writer, CNN Memphis police released details Saturday on the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph, who was shot several times on Thursday night as he left a recording studio in the…

Murdered rapper Young Dolph killed in Memphis

Written by Staff Writer, CNN

Memphis police released details Saturday on the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph, who was shot several times on Thursday night as he left a recording studio in the city.

Police believe Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr., was targeted in the shooting and is not cooperating with authorities, said police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph.

“There were two shooters,” Rudolph said in a statement. She described the shooters as “black males” who fled the scene on foot.

No arrests have been made.

Dolph was shot multiple times inside a sports utility vehicle, according to the statement from the Memphis Police Department. He was transported to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead.

A recording artist and owner of several Memphis nightclubs, Dolph has a relationship with a man arrested and charged with his murder, Memphis police said.

On Friday, Cedarius Grant, 30, was charged with Dolph’s murder, though police declined to elaborate. The arrest warrant for Grant, obtained by CNN affiliate WREG, alleges he was involved in Dolph’s murder for an undisclosed reason.

A social media post on Dolph’s Instagram account linked to the shooting death included a photo of a firearm and said, “Somebody send this to Drake. This is my n—- jay C.”

Dolph’s Instagram page appeared to have been disabled late Saturday.

Dolph has been active on social media in recent months, including several videos in which he discussed his shooting and home invasion.

Dolph’s death is the latest in a string of homicides in the city. Through November 13, 98 homicides have been reported in Memphis, which ranks as the sixth most deadly city in the United States this year, according to FBI data.

CNN affiliate WREG reported Memphis police have considered a “substantial threat” to Dolph’s life. Memphis police said they were not aware of any threat.

In response to his death, Dolph released a video on Instagram thanking fans for support.

“I love you all with all my heart and I appreciate all the prayers,” Dolph said.

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