Rapper Young Dolph killed in drive-by shooting in his hometown of Memphis, TN

Rapper Adolph Robert Thornton, 36, known professionally as Young Dolph, was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon in Memphis, TN according to local news reports. 

Dolph went into a retail establishment to buy cookies when someone shot him in a drive-by shooting at the South Memphis bakery called Makeda’s Butter Cookies, according to FOX13.

Makeda’s Butter Cookies owner, Maurice Hill, said The Memphis rap legend was no stranger there and had been there a week prior to promote the business. 

According to local news, the shooting happened just before 5 p.m. and it is believed that Young Dolph was the intended victim, though law enforcement have yet to complete their investigation. 

Police said it was a “senseless” shooting and said, “our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who were affected by this horrific act of violence,” in their statement on the shooting, going on to assure Young Dolph’s friends and family they will work tirelessly to find the perpetrators. 

Hordes of the rapper’s fans flocked to the area after headlines broke worldwide that he had passed and the scene around the baker was a brokenhearted one with people lying on the ground and crying, while others expressed their loss through anger. 

The rapper was known throughout the community, not just for his music, but his work to help others as well. He was known throughout the local Memphis area for work with Memphis Athletic Ministries charity, speaking at local schools and donating to his former high school.

“Young Dolph was supposed to pass out turkeys at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis this Friday between 2-5 p.m,” FOX13 reported, saying that sadness over the rapper and record label owner’s passing has gone viral. 

According to local news, Young Dolph leaves behind family, including his cousin fellow Memphis rapper Key Glock.