Memphis police search for Young Dolph murder suspects still at large

In the wake of the tragic murder of rapper Young Dolph at a popular cookie store in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday, local police are still searching for the alleged shooters.

The murdered artist, 36, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., pulled his Lamborghini in front of Makeda Butter Cookies – a city favourite – before he was shot and killed inside the establishment.

Memphis police officers told Fox News Digital Wednesday that they have not identified the suspects and are still trying to determine the motive behind the violent attack. Police were reportedly later confirmed through photos showing two suspects and a white Mercedes after the fatal accident.

A local man in the immediate vicinity across the street from the scene told Fox News Digital that he heard what he believed to be gunshots in the strip mall where the bakery is located.

Rapper Young Dolph dies at 36 after shooting at a Memphis bakery

Young Dolph fans erected a memorial outside Makeda's Cookies bakery on November 18, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Young Dolph fans erected a memorial outside Makeda’s Cookies bakery on November 18, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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The man said he heard about 25 shots fired in quick succession, followed by a pause in gunfire. Then the man said he heard about five or 10 more shots.

A local resident said of the tragic shooting, “He pulled his Lamborghini into the store, and they took him, man. They took him.”

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At a news conference Wednesday evening, Memphis Police Chief Cyril “CJ” Davis did not specify whether police believe other shootings under investigation are related to the rapper’s death.

Dolph was in Memphis doing charity work, including visiting a cancer treatment center and serving turkeys at church before Thanksgiving.

Rapper Young Dolph performs on stage during the Parking Lot Concert Series at the Gateway Center Arena on August 23, 2020, in College Park, Georgia.

Rapper Young Dolph performs on stage during the Parking Lot Concert Series at the Gateway Center Arena on August 23, 2020, in College Park, Georgia.
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He had recently given a concert at the University of Memphis. The rapper had loyal fans in Memphis, who admired him for his success and love of the city. Some fans cried as they gathered outside the bakery.

In a letter calling for a curfew Wednesday, Memphis City Council member JB Smiley called the shooting an act of “unreasonable violence.”

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“We’ve lost a talented mum and a star known throughout this country,” wrote Smiley, a Democrat running for governor of Tennessee. I am tired of making statements that speak or highlight crime in our societies.

In a statement to Variety, Dolph’s representatives said they were “shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of our dear friend and client, Young Dolph.”

Young Dolph was a local philanthropist who was scheduled to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys in the days following his death on Wednesday.

Young Dolph was a local philanthropist who was scheduled to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys in the days following his death on Wednesday.
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“The world has lost an icon, a great man, and a beloved artist who was captured so early,” he adds. “His dedication, drive, hard work and loyalty to everyone around him has always come first and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time.”

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The police department added in a statement Posted on Twitter Dolph’s alleged murder is “another example of the senseless gun violence we are witnessing both locally and nationwide. Our thoughts are with the Thornton family and all affected by this horrific act of violence.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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