Memphis Police Commissioner CJ Davis said police responded to a shooting at a cookie store around 12:30 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead on the spot.
Davis said in a statement: “Preliminary information indicates that the victim was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. However, once the identification process is complete, this information will be confirmed.”
Davis added: “This shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we have witnessed locally and across the country. Our hearts are with the Thornton family and all those affected by this horrific violence. Together.”
The official said there was no information about the suspect.
The 36-year-old rapper from Memphis successfully released his self-produced first album “The King of Memphis” in 2016.
He went on to produce three other albums, all of which entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200, including his latest work “Rich Slave”, released in 2020. The album became his top chart hit, reaching number four on the Billboard 200. .
The young Dorf has been the victim of several shooting incidents in recent years. In 2017, more than 100 shots were fired at his bulletproof SUV in Charlotte, North Carolina. He managed to walk away unharmed and later released a song about the incident called “100 Shots”.
“A hundred shots, a hundred shots. How the hell could you miss a hundred shots?” He raps in this song.
The same year, he was involved in another shooting outside a Los Angeles hotel.
At the time, Los Angeles Police Department officials told reporters that the shooting happened after an argument with three men. “This escalated into a physical conflict. One time young Dorf was knocked to the ground. Then one of the suspects digs out, fired the gun and started firing at him.”
Young Dorf fled and ran to a nearby store. He was later taken to hospital and had surgery.
Los Angeles officials told NPR the investigation is ongoing.