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Here’s everything we know about the death of Young Dolph – FOX13 Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three independent law enforcement sources confirmed to FOX13 that rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis Wednesday afternoon.
Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop where the shooting happened, Makeda’s Butter Cookies, told FOX13 his employees said Young Dolph, 36, walked into the store to buy cookies. Someone then drove up and shot and killed him at the South Memphis bakery.
Shortly before 5 p.m., Memphis police released preliminary information about the shooting. Officers said the investigation is pointing to Young Dolph being the victim, but they said the identification process has not been completed.
Young Dolph Suspects
Young Dolph murder: Photos of 2 suspected shooters confirmed by law enforcement
FOX13 obtained pictures of suspected shooters, two people who stood outside of Makeda’s and opened fire.
Young Dolph shooting suspects (Memphis Police Dept.)
One suspect holds what appears to be a semi-automatic rifle. The other aims a handgun into the bakery.
Memphis police said that the shooters pulled up in a white, two-door Mercedez Benz before running past Young Dolph’s car and shooting into the cookie shop.
Police called the shooting “senseless” and said, “our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who were affected by this horrific act of violence.” The release closed by saying officers are committed to working to curb these types of incidents.
Back on the scene, hundreds of people flocked to the area as headlines broke across the world. Tensions flared and raw emotion spilled over. People laid on the ground, crying. Some onlookers called for an end to gun violence and peace. Others cursed and expressed anger at the loss of the Memphis icon.
Chaos broke out at times. A car with a man inside, apparently shot, drove into the crime scene. That man was taken away on a stretcher by paramedics.
For hours, police worked to push the crowd back from the scene while trying to make sense of the tragic death. Airways Boulevard, a major street in Memphis, was shut down during the course of the investigation.
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Young Dolph at Makedas Cookies, showing love, promoting the place he stopped by often.

Today, he was shot and killed there. RIP Legend. pic.twitter.com/YccKCrJT0M
The Memphis rap legend was no stranger to the bakery. A week before being shot to death, Young Dolph was there, spreading love and promoting the business.
PHOTOS: Rapper Young Dolph shot and killed in Memphis, law enforcement sources confirm
His camouflage Corvette sat in the parking lot of the bakery when FOX13 crews arrived. Hours later, it was towed. Videos of the car went viral on TikTok as it was taken by police. Hundreds of people in the comments asking for answers.
On the scene of a shooting on Airways. I’m hearing Memphis rapper Young Dolph may be a victim in the shooting. Shooting happened at Makeda’s Cookies. pic.twitter.com/Dw1nTcKV3C
The day after Young Dolph was gunned down inside of the bakery, a memorial popped up outside as fans paid tribute to the rapper.
Stuffed animals, balloons, flowers, candles and a dolphin sign hung around the cookie shop Thursday afternoon.
FOX13 spoke to people from as far away as Michigan who came to pay respects to the rapper.
Around 3:30 p.m., a man was shot near the memorial, police said.
The Memphis Police Department said the shooting happened at the Family Dollar right next door to the cookie shop.
Three people were detained in connection to that shooting, according to police, and the man was not critically injured in the shooting.
A memorial is growing outside Madeka's Homemade Butter Cookies, where rap artist Young Dolph was shot and killed
PHOTOS: Memorial for Young Dolph grows outside Memphis bakery
On Thursday, as Makeda’s Cookie’s sat boarded up, the community of Memphis community rallied to support the local bakeshop, named after a 7-year-old girl who died of Leukemia.
Tami Sawyer took to Twitter to support the business. CashApp donations to the bakery can be made to the owner Pamela Hill directly at $cookiequeen99.
Renowned Memphis chef Kelly English also voiced his support, saying that $1 from each dessert order he receives from Thursday to Sunday night will also go towards Makeda’s Cookies.
HOW TO HELP: Here’s how you can help support Makeda’s Cookies after tragedy
The rapper, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. is well known in the Memphis community.
Young Dolph began getting national attention in 2014 with the release of his mixtape “High Class Street Music 4″ and the single “Preach,”.
In 2016, he released his debut studio album, King of Memphis.
The rapper leaves behind hits such as “On the River”, “Cut It”, “Get Paid” and “Major”.
PHOTOS: Remembering Young Dolph
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Young Dolph is well known for handing out turkeys around Thanksgiving in Memphis through the Memphis Athletic Ministries charity, speaking to school children and donating money to his former high school Hamilton High School.
Hamilton High School knows him well including the students that attend now. They say they found out about Rapper Young Dolph’s death over social media. @FOX13Memphis https://t.co/aPP6hR5S5y pic.twitter.com/Rh4zYY2y4p
Young Dolph was reportedly on his way to pass out turkeys immediately after stopping at the cookie store.
He also had planned to pass out turkeys at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis this Friday between 2-5 p.m.

Police have shut down part of Airways to traffic and have set up barricades around the crime scene. @FOX13Memphis pic.twitter.com/sEnFCoVGiJ
Shortly after the news broke, people took to Twitter to share what Young Dolph meant to them.
Coach Deion Sanders turned to faith on the day of the tragedy.
Lord please cover the entire @YoungDolph family, friends and loved 1z. We thank u in advance Lord in Jesus name Amen. pic.twitter.com/36fpPFlV6J
Rapper Gucci Mane said that his heart is broken by the news, calling Young Dolph a close friend.
As the news spread, reactions continued to pour in from around the nation, including artists like Megan Thee Stallion and Rick Ross to local leaders such as Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Congressman Steve Cohen.
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R. I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart
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Young Dolph leaves behind family, including his cousin fellow Memphis rapper Key Glock.
FOX13 has learned that law enforcement, including gang units, are heavily involved in the preparation of any retaliation shootings.
Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop where the shooting happened, Makeda’s Butter Cookies, told FOX13 his employees said Young Dolph walked into the store to buy cookies. Someone then drove up and then shot and killed him. @FOX13Memphis pic.twitter.com/W2SvYOLhWi
Early reports state that Young Dolph was ordering at Makeda's Cookies when someone entered the store and shot him. We're on live and FOX13 is working to get more details. @fox13memphis https://t.co/uW7z4l6M05 pic.twitter.com/MJrZXCnTLG
FOX13 will update this story with the latest details as they’re made available and bring you the newest information on-air on FOX13 at 5 and 6 p.m.
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