THE ALLEGED suspects in the shooting of rapper Young Dolph have been pictured holding automatic weapons in surveillance pictures.
The artist, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was shot at Makeda's Cookies in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday afternoon.
Photos, that quickly spread on social media, show two men holding guns outside of the store.
The pair were wearing face masks and gray sweatpants, as well as dark hoodies. One of the men was wearing a hat, while the other had his hood up.
The pair are also both holding weapons – one appearing to be a pistol and the other a Draco AK-47.
Eagle-eyed fans spotted the front of Young Dolph's car behind the two men.
The local Memphis rapper was reportedly gunned down while buying cookies for his mom.
Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop where the shooting happened, told FOX13 his employees said Young Dolph, 36, walked into the store to buy cookies.
The owner then claimed that someone drove up and shot and killed the rapper at roughly 1pm. He also told WREG that the star was hit while he was buying cookies.
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Fox also reports that three law enforcement officers confirmed the young rapper's death.
The artist was reportedly not alone when he was shot, the outlet reports, however, it is not clear who he was with or if they were hurt.
The owner of the local store Comfort Coin-Operated Laundry told The Sun: "My worker who was here hit the floor when she heard the gunshots.
"We're closing up real soon. Everything is shut down. The street in front of the store and all the side streets are blocked off because people are coming over here to see what happened."
Cops have not yet released information on the suspects, but have confirmed to The Sun that no arrests have been made.
They also confirmed to a local correspondent that the photos above showed the suspects.
RAPPER WAS A REGULAR AT THE STORE
Just days before his reported death, the rapper was filmed at the store helping to advertise their products.
"Young Dolph says every time he comes home he has to stop by Makeda's Cookies," the company posted alongside a video of the star outside the store.
Young Dolph was a 36-year-old rapper who has been on the scene for years. His debut mixtape, Paper Route Campaign was released in 2008, years before his first studio album King of Memphis in 2016.
He has collaborated with multiple rappers including 2 Chainz, Key Glock, T.I., Gucci Mane, and Megan Thee Stallion.
Megan Thee Stallion posted a tribute to Young Dolph on her Instagram. "He was so genuine so real so kind to me."
TRIBUTES ROLL IN
Memphis officials also released statements following the tragic passing of the young star.
“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it," said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland in a statement.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.”
Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley echoed Rep. Lamar’s words in a statement.
“Today, we lost a very talented Memphis and star known all across this country,” he said. “I'm hopeful that the City of Memphis will implement a curfew to preserve the safety of all citizens.”
On Twitter, Gucci Mane wrote: “R.I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart”
Fans were also mourning the loss as many were hoping the news wasn't true. Young Dolph has been trending on Twitter since before the reports of his death were confirmed.
"They saying you dead I hope not," one user wrote, while another said "Damn rip."
"Please don't leave us," another wrote. "News better be fake."
'TARGETED' BEFORE HIS DEATH
Young Dolph had talked about being “targeted” in the past before his tragic death.
“I’ve been targeted since I was 17, 18, 19,” he stated in an interview with The Guardian.
On February 26, 2017, Dolph was in Charlotte for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament weekend.
Before the game, his SUV was reportedly shot at over 100 times at the intersection of 8th and North Caldwell Street near an apartment complex.
Although it was reported that dozens of the bullets released actually hit the SUV, the Preach rapper was able to walk away unscathed.
Later that night, Dolph performed at Charlotte’s Cameo Night Club with Migos and 21 Savage.
He also uploaded a post to Twitter, seemingly responding to the alleged gunmen.
"U loose," he tweeted next to a crying face emoji.
Dolph became the victim of another shooting outside of a retail store in Hollywood, California.
He survived the attack but was initially listed in critical condition but would later recover from his injuries.
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