Young Dolph murder: MPD releases photos of suspects wanted for killing beloved Memphian

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FOX13 has obtained photos of two suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph.

The photos have been circulating on social media; FOX13 confirmed their validity with three independent law enforcement sources Thursday.

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Later Thursday afternoon, MPD released the photos of the suspect and the car they were driving to the public.

The photos show two people armed with guns, aiming at a target. One photo shows a vehicle belonging to Young Dolph.

The shooters’ car - a white, two-door Mercedes - is also pictured just behind Young Dolph’s car.

Police said the shooters pulled up to Makeda’s Cookies in the Mercedes, ran up to the front of the store and opened fire, killing the rapper.

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He was gunned down Wednesday inside Makeda’s Cookies, a local business he frequented in South Memphis.

The rapper, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, in 2016.

Known for giving back to the community, he was set to hand out turkeys at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis on Friday between 2-5 p.m.

In a release issued Wednesday, Memphis police called the shooting “senseless” and said, “our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who were affected by this horrific act of violence.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.