Memphis police release surveillance photos of suspected killers of rapper Young Dolph

Memphis police on Thursday released surveillance photos from a convenience store where they say two suspects opened fire on rapper Young Dolph outside a liquor store.


Dolph, 34, and another man were shot in February when police say two men in a Toyota Camry pulled up to a liquor store on Coleman Boulevard and started firing. The other man survived.

“This was a random shooting and we’re asking for help,” Memphis Police Department homicide Sgt. Ed Redding said.

One of the suspects, wearing a Chicago Bulls cap, has been identified by police. Redding said the other was wearing a black bandana over his face.

“Dolph had the number on his jersey,” he said. “This was planned and scheduled. We’re getting numerous tips on this,” but cautioned the public not to harass witnesses.

The car driven by the suspect with the hat was registered to Orlando, Florida, police said.

Dolph, a Memphis native who is largely credited with creating the Southern trap sound, is a performer who has been especially active on social media in recent months, frequently posting videos and photos to his YouTube channel. In the past year, he shot a popular song for Adidas that went viral, appeared in several music videos and published a book, “It Must Be The M.O.”

The shooting happened early Feb. 16 near an auto parts store and liquor store at a portion of the highway known as the Western Hills portion of the city. It’s difficult to verify a motive, but police have released a statement from at least one witness, who said Dolph was targeted because he was from Memphis.

The hit songs Dolph wrote and recorded are not affiliated with any specific artists.

His death sparked vigils and an outpouring of grief on social media. Detroit rapper Trick Trick, who is set to appear as a guest judge on the next “Sway in the Morning” radio show, tweeted he would not be performing live but instead “will continue to be outspoken with all the love and energy I put out on social media.”

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