Memphis police have released video footage showing two Young Dolph suspects running into Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies minutes before the 36-year-old rapper was shot. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two suspects.

Footage shows two men wearing masks, black sweatshirts, gray sweatpants and gloves getting out of a white two-door Mercedes Benz. It appears that both shooters were carrying firearms while they ran into the bakery. One Young Dolph suspect appeared to be carrying an assault rifle while the other was armed with a handgun.

After the suspects entered the bakery they allegedly shot the rapper multiple times. A couple minutes later, the suspects were caught on camera running out of the building, getting into their car and driving away.

“The suspects approached the victim while he was inside the business and shot the victim several times. The suspects then fled the scene,” police said.

Young Dolph was killed yesterday during a shooting. Police have released video footage of two suspects that they hope to identify. (Credit: Instagram)
Young Dolph was killed yesterday during a shooting. Police have released video footage of two suspects that they hope to identify. (Credit: Instagram)

According to reports, police haven’t determined a motive for this tragic shooting and officers continue to gather information from witnesses to understand what happened and hopefully identify these Young Dolph suspects.

The shooting happened Wednesday when the native rapper decided to stop at the famous bakery before heading to his annual Thanksgiving fundraiser where he handed out turkeys to members of his old neighborhood. Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was the only person killed.

Police were called to the scene around 12:24 p.m. and the rapper’s death was confirmed by the Memphis mayor later in the day.

Video footage shows two suspects in the Young Dolph shooting getting caught on camera. Memphis police are asking for the publics help when identifying them. (Credit: Twitter)
Video footage shows two suspects in the Young Dolph shooting getting caught on camera. Memphis police are asking for the public’s help when identifying them. (Credit: Twitter)

Mayor Jim Strickland took to Twitter and said, “The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,” the mayor tweeted. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Young Dolph’s death was also reported by three different law enforcement agencies.

According to the police chief, the death of Young Dolph was just another tragic shooting that Memphis police have seen in the last couple of months. The city has seen an increase in random gun violence.

“The shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide,” Chief CJ Davis said. “Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected by this horrific act of violence.”

This is not the first shooting that Young Dolph was involved in. Back in 2017, the rapper was shot at twice and was able to walk away from the bullets. One of the shootings took place outside a shoe store in Hollywood. There, the suspect shot the rapper multiple times in the arms and butt, which later required surgery.

Dolph’s car was also shot at that year and recieved over 100 bullets. Another rapper, Blac Youngsta, was arrested for the shooting, but the charges were later dropped. After the 2017 shootings, Young Dolph purchased a handful of bulletproof cars to protect himself. They totaled over $600,000.

When asked about the 2017 shootings, the rapper said that the suspects who shot at him were just jealous that he was rich and famous. Some on Twitter agree with that statement, and many believe that Young Dolph’s death was a planned shooting.

One person tweeted and said, “Looks like the Young Dolph shooting wasn’t a random event. It was a planned execution… 2 suspects were captured on a near by surveillance video.”

Others are taking to the platform to share their favorite moments of the rapper and to express their grief over his tragic passing. Fellow musician, Chance the Rapper, tweeted and said, “God bless Dolph. Real independent Memphis rapper born in Chicago. loved by millions of ppl. Always showed love every time I seen him this is tragic God bless his family man.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the two Young Dolph suspects to contact the Memphis Police Department.