Photos of two armed men wanted in the deadly drive-by shooting of Memphis rapper Young Dolph have appeared on social media.
The photos, which circulated on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, feature two masked men carrying guns in a parking lot outside the South Memphis pastry shop where the 36-year-old artist was shot dead on Wednesday.
A pair of armed, hooded men can be seen aiming their weapons at an unseen target in the critical images – one carrying a handgun and the other a submachine gun.
In addition, in one of the shots, the front of a vehicle belonging to the rapper is visible.
The critical clicks were confirmed as legitimate by three independent police sources who spoke to local news media FOX 13 on Thursday.
In the photos, one can see a pair of armed, hooded men aiming weapons at an invisible target – one carrying a submachine gun (left) and the other a pistol (right). The pictured suspects are still at large today
Rapper Young Dolph, 36, was shot dead Wednesday by several unnamed attackers in a passing strike.
Young Dolph was shot dead Wednesday in a drive-by shooting while inside Makeda’s shop, Butter Cookies, a local business he frequented in South Memphis around 1pm.
Police are still investigating the motive as to the attack, and no arrests have been made.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Memphis Police Department called the shooting “senseless” and proclaimed that the department is working to bring those responsible for today’s shooting and others to justice. ‘
“Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and to all who have been affected by this horrific act of violence,” the statement reads.
At the time, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn CJ Davis did not provide press with any details as to possible suspects in the attacks.
“The shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide,” David stated in a conference held after the highly publicized shooting.
The police chief added that she is deploying additional officers around the city to try to stop retaliation over the rapper’s death.
Pictures of the crime scene show a large police presence and Young Dolph’s unique camouflage sports car – seen in one of the snaps of his alleged assailants – that he showed on social media parked outside the cookie shop. It was pictured being dragged away after the deadly shooting
Fans were pictured Wednesday lining up outside the pastry shop and recording videos of the taped crime scene as they shared their disbelief that the local rapper had been shot dead.
Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn CJ Davis announced at a press conference Wednesday night, “Tonight we strongly encourage everyone to stay home if you don’t have to be outside,” and suggested the police department may make a curfew.
“Right now, we think the deployment of our officers in the specific locations that are most affected will be enough presence for tonight,” she said, adding, “The Memphis Police Department is providing an increased presence in areas of the city that could be directly affected by this unfortunate event.
‘We are committed to working with the community to stop these senseless murders. We are also committed to bringing those responsible for today’s shooting and others to justice. ‘
Young Dolph Mareno Myers ’cousin told local news that the Memphis rapper had been back in his hometown since Monday visiting an aunt who has cancer and planned to do a charity and distribute turkeys for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday at a local church on Friday. before the deadly attack.
‘He was inside [Makeda’s], and someone just rolled over on him and took his life, ’Myers said.
“The tragic shooting death of rapper Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime entails,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement.
Earlier that week, the rapper performed at a concert at the University of Memphis.
Officers from the Memphis Police Station were at the scene on Wednesday as crowds of people gathered to honor the killed rapper.
Store owner Maurice Hill told Fox 13 News that the 36-year-old rapper walked into the store to buy cookies and a vehicle pulled up and shot through the window, knocking him out.
Pictures of the crime scene show a large police presence and Young Dolph’s unique camouflage Corvette, which he showed on social media parked outside the cookie shop.
Fans lined up outside the store recording videos of the recorded crime scene sharing their disbelief that the local rapper had been shot dead.
The deadly shooting took place one week after he was recorded outside the pastry shop advertising its chocolate chip cookies in a video posted to social media.
‘I only came to get some Makeda,’ he said in the mail.
Originally born in Chicago, Young Dolph grew up in Memphis, where he lived until his untimely death, as he was an infant.
Credited by his grandmother, the rapper – whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. – tried to help his parents “clean up their lives” after he found success.
He has released numerous mixtapes, starting with 2008’s “Paper Route Campaign”, and multiple studio albums, including his 2016 debut “King of Memphis”.
He has also collaborated on other mixtapes and albums with fellow rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, TI, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and others.
He was featured on OT Genasis’ 2015 hit “Cut It” and known for his hits “Major” and “On the River”.
Young Dolph had three albums reaching the top 10 on the Billboard 200, with 2020’s “Rich Slave” peaking at No. 4.
In his music, Young Dolph raped about being a drug dealer and living on the streets in Memphis. He considered himself a workaholic and in recent years has concentrated on growing his business.
“I’m first a CEO, then an artist,” he told writer Gary Suarez in a 2020 interview for Forbes, saying he was strategically prevented from signing with a big label. – As I continue to go up and keep working, my value will increase.
– I know what the streets want to hear, I know what the street goes through, the language, the fashion, everything. It is nothing; it’s my real life, ’he told Suarez at the time.
After his death was confirmed by police, tributes to the rapper began to pour in.
Rapper Gucci Mane whispered, “RIP to my friend Dolph this broke my heart.”
Football legend Deion Sanders recalled the rapper with a video of him celebrating a comeback victory with the Jackson State football team last month.
‘Thank you @YoungDolph for blessing us our brother after our comeback victory. Our young men love you, my man. ‘
Producer Prentice Penny called the loss “tragic.”
‘I hate to hear of Young Dolphin – it’s so unnecessary and tragic. Especially being killed at a cookie that was founded by a wonderful black family who named their store after a daughter they had lost due to Leukemia. Let’s be better, ‘he tweeted.
However, this was not the rapper – whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr – first targeted by gunmen but police have not confirmed whether his death was related to the other shots fired.
He was shot several times in September 2017 after a fight outside a Los Angeles hotel.
In February of that year, his SUV was shot at in Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 100 times.
The event was the inspiration for the song “100 Shots”. He said he survived because he had bulletproof panels in his vehicle, The Commercial Appeal reported.
In his music, Young Dolph raped about being a drug dealer and living on the streets in Memphis. He recently performed at a concert at the University of Memphis and performed during the halftime of a Memphis Grizzlies game.
He was admired in Memphis as a torchbearer of the city’s Three 6 Mafia retelling legends.
The rising star considered himself a workaholic and in recent years has focused on growing his business. “I’m first a CEO, then an artist,” he told writer Gary Suarez in a 2020 interview for Forbes, saying he was strategically prevented from signing with a big label.
– As I continue to go up and keep working, my value will increase.
– I know what the streets want to hear, I know what the street goes through, the language, the fashion, everything. It is nothing; it’s my real life, ’he told Suarez.