Rapper Young Dolph has been shot, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The shooting occurred in the valet parking area of the Loews Hollywood Hotel at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, according to KTLA.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Dolph Suffered ‘Non-Life Threatening Injuries’
Dolph was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital with “multiple gunshot wounds.” An update on the rapper, whose real name is Adolph Thornton, Jr., claiming that his injuries are not-life threatening, was published by TMZ a short while ago. The site has since confirmed that Dolph was shot in the arm and in the rear.
One Twitter user saw Young Dolph, 32, being taken away from the scene by ambulance and posted the following message.
The LAPD confirmed that Young Dolph was indeed a target in this shooting.
It is unclear how many people were involved in the shooting. As of Wednesday afternoon, one arrest has been made in connection with the shooting. A man by the name of Corey McClendon, said to be an associate of Yo Gotti, was booked on suspicious of attempted murder.
According to KTLA, the suspects were seen fleeing the area in a gold Cadillac. Last night, Yo Gotti was named a “person of interest” in the shooting. Both men had been staying at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood when a disagreement broke out. One thing led to another and Dolph ended up getting shot.
Yo Gotti has not been arrested, nor has he been named a suspect.
2. Dolph Was Involved in Another Shooting Earlier this Year
This is not the first time that Young Dolph has been shot. On February 25, 2017, he was involved in a shooting that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. At that time, Dolph was in a bulletproof SUV on his way to a show when the shots broke out.
“During the shoot-out he was the main target of the shootings in which 100 shots were fired in his SUV. According to police reports regarding the event more than two vehicles were involved. And even nearby house and vehicles were shoot at…Luckily he was traveling in an armored SUV thus he escaped the incident without any injuries or causalities,” Trap World Hip Hop reported.
3. Dolph Has ‘No Clue’ Who Might Be After Him
A few weeks later, Dolph was asked who might want him dead and if he knew anything about the people that opened fire on his vehicle.
“I got no clue. I really don’t even give a damn. Like, to tell you the honest truth. I really don’t give a damn. I come from the streets. I come from, like, this shit been happening. I been having haters, I’ve been having, I’ve been a target, know what I’m saying, to people that I intimidate, know what I’m saying? So, only thing that I can do is take this shit and keep going, know what I’m saying? And what I don’ figured out is like, the more I live, the bigger and greater I’ma get just because the person that I am, know what I’m saying? So that mean, the haters and the negativity, that shit gonna get bigger too, you know what I mean? But, at the end of the day, man, I’m good,” Dolph told XXL Magazine.
4. Blac Youngsta Faced Weapons Charges From that Previous Incident
Three months after the February shooting, rapper Blac Youngsta turned himself into police. He was taken into custody on weapons charges that were directly related to that shooting, XXL Magazine reported at the time.
He was charged with four counts of discharging a firearm, all of which were felony charges. According to Hip Hops Revival’s Twitter page, Blac Youngsta was released from jail just three hours after he arrived.
5. Dolph Rides Around in a Bulletproof SUV
Dolph has been very cautious when it comes to his safety and his well-being. He has actually spent a good deal of money to have two of his vehicles made with bulletproof materials, according to TMZ.
He is used to being threatened and has previously said that the more money he makes, the more threats he receives. It is believed that riding in an armored vehicle saved his life and the lives of others back in February.
Dolph is so serious about this, he actually titled his sophomore album Bulletproof. The album was released in April. Each track on the song relates to the Charlotte shooting, which he was fortunate enough to be able to walk away from.
You can see the full track listing below.
1. “100 Shots”
2. “In Charlotte”
3. “But I’m Bulletproof”
4. “So Fuk’em”
5. “That’s How I Feel” (featuring Gucci Mane)
6. “All of Them”
7. “I’m So Real”
8. “I Pray For My Enemies”
9. “I’m Everything You Wanna Be”