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.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three independent law enforcement sources confirmed to FOX13 that rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis Wednesday afternoon.
Autopsy Result Out:
The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center released the autopsy report for the murder of a famed Memphis rapper.
Adolph Thorton Jr., Young Dolph, was shot a total of 22 times, according to the autopsy.
The locations Young Dolph was shot include right back, center back, left back, right arm, left arm, left chest, left abdomen, right chin, right neck, right wrist and right shoulder, the report said.
Young Dolph was shot to death at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies on Airways Blvd. near Ketchum Rd. on Nov. 17, 2021.
Justin Johnson, aka Straight Drop, and Cornelius Smith have been charged in connection to the case.
Shundale Barnett has a warrant out for his arrest for his involvement in the murder.
Two other men, Devin Burns and Joshua Taylor, have been named as persons of interest in the murder of Young Dolph.
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.
FOX13 obtained pictures of suspected shooters, two people who stood outside of Makeda’s and opened fire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.