Rapper Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr., was shot and killed in Memphis on Wednesday at age 36, according to local reports. Fans are wondering what happened to the rap star after law enforcement confirmed to Fox News 13 in Memphis that he died by gunfire.

The shooting allegedly occurred outside a store named Makeda’s Butter Cookies, when an unknown assailant pulled up to the bakery in a vehicle and shot him. If confirmed, his cause of death will most likely be a homicide, as authorities search for the gunman.

Maurice Hill, the owner of the bakery, told Fox News 13 that the incident occurred around 1 p.m. Young Dolph’s Lamborghini was recognized in Makeda’s Butter Cookies’ parking lot when police officers arrived at the scene.

The local new outlet reported that a crowd has since gathered at the location, with fans and family “laying on the ground in tears.”

Born in Chicago but based in Memphis, Tenn., the rapper was very important to the community and often gave back around the holidays. According to Fox News 13, he handed out turkeys for Thanksgiving and worked with Memphis Athletic Ministries charities to speak to students and donate funds to his former high school, Hamilton High School.

“R.I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart” fellow-rapper Gucci Mane wrote on Twitter. He pinned an old Tweet to the top of his page reminding fans to “appreciate what you have.”

Back in 2017, Young Dolph had been the target of two separate shootings. One in Hollywood required surgery after he was hit in the arms, and another in Charlotte, NC, hit an SUV he was in over 100 times.

In the wake of his prior incidents, he told TMZ that he purchased bullet-proof vehicles for over $600,000, citing that people were jealous of his success. Rapper Blac Youngsta was arrested under suspicion for the 2017 shooting, but was later released when the charges were dropped.

Adolph Thornton Jr. is reportedly survived by two children, a daughter and a son.

Young Dolph attending to the Green Carpet of the 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards
Young Dolph attending to the Green Carpet of the 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Just a couple days prior, rapper Soulja Boy mocked the Memphis rapper on social media, seemingly taking offensive to his claim as an independent artist.

“N**** thought he was bulletproof… Ain’t you the n**** getting shot at 100 times?,” Soulja Boy said on Instagram. “F*** Young Dolph.”

He has yet to comment on Young Dolph’s reported passing.

Releasing his debut studio project King of Memphis in 2017 after a successful string of mixtapes and lead single “Get Paid,” Young Dolph entered the the Billboard Hot 100 charts for the first time on “Cut It” with O.T Genasis.

“The CD ain’t called ‘The King of Memphis.’ It’s called ‘King of Memphis,'” he told XXL Magazine at the time. “I’m just letting everybody know I do what I wanna do… I’m the boss.”

His latest record, Rich Slave, was released in Aug. 2020, and featured G Herbo, Megan Thee Stallion, and his good friend Key Glock. It hit No. 3 on Billboard’s US Top Rap Albums chart.

Fellow rappers and musicians took to social media to express their shock and grief at Young Dolph’s passing, with JPEGMAFIA writing, “REST IN PEACE YOUNG DOLPH. I CANT BELIEVE THIS SHIT RIGHT NOW.”

“Rest In Peace King Young Dolph,” said Coi Leray. Singer Kari Faux also offered her condolences writing, “shit just ruined my day. RIP Young Dolph praying for his loved ones.”

“We losing too many black men to poor health, racism, jail, etc. already,” said Dreamville artist Omen. “We gotta find a way to heal and not add to that with our own violence. prayers for young dolph family and friends. RIP.”