MEMPHIS, Tenn. — EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly associated a different suspect in this case. That suspect is not associated with the murder of Young Dolph. We regret any confusion.
Law enforcement officials released the identity of a 23-year-old man they say is responsible for the murder of rapper Young Dolph.
Justin Johnson is wanted for first-degree murder, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Thornton, Jr., was gunned down at Makeda’s Cookies on Nov. 17, 2021.
Memphis police found the car driven by the alleged shooters on Saturday, Nov. 20, in the 1100 block of Bradley in Orange Mound.
FOX13 did some digging into Johnson’s past and uncovered a criminal history.
Johnson is also reportedly a rapper who goes by the stage name Straight Drop.
In 2017, Memphis police confirmed officers arrested Johnson, who was then 18, for a triple shooting at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes bowling alley on White Station.
Officials said Johnson is about 5-foot-8, 190 pounds and has the name “Jaiya” tattooed on his right arm.
According to law enforcement, Johnson has ties to organized criminal gangs and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information about Johnson’s whereabouts, the U.S. Marshals are urging you to call them at 901-275-4562, 901-601-1575 or 731-571-0280.
Officials are offering a combined reward of $15,000 for information that leads to Johnson’s arrest.
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