Rapper Young Dolph was reportedly shot Tuesday afternoon at Hollywood Boulevard’s tourist center in Los Angeles. Officials say the shooting was reported around 1:15pm PT at Shoe Palace.
A source said the 32-year-old hip-hop artist was in critical condition. Rapper Yo Gotti, a longtime rival, has been named as a person of interest in the shooting, according to TMZ. The two reportedly stayed at the same L.A. hotel, and the shooting came after their crews clashed.
Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thortnton Jr., had just arrived from Austin, Texas, after a Monday concert. He had a performance scheduled in Los Angeles for Thursday.
The rapper’s fans and musical colleagues were shocked to hear the news and many sent thoughts and prayers.
Can’t believe @YoungDolph got shot 🤦🏾♂️— Shy-Quizz 🎲 (@JustDoingShy) September 26, 2017
Damn heard Dolph just got popped in Hollywood prayers go out … Y'all stay safe out here— rocketshipshawty (@Kid_Ink) September 26, 2017
I was just in the studio with @YoungDolph ….. prayers up we gotta keep this Memphis shit going.— TEDDY WALTON (@teddywalton) September 26, 2017
For some, finding out Dolph got shot was too much to handle after several breaking stories throughout an eventful Tuesday.
damn all i did was take a after school nap and i wake up and young dolph got shot and dwade went to cleveland— adam (@adam_blanford) September 26, 2017
Damn khloe kardashian pregnant, young dolph shot, d-wade with the Cavs now, wtf going on today— Jú (@OfficialJuBeatz) September 26, 2017
If Dolph pulls through from this incident, some of his fans are expecting epic new songs to be dropped.
Young Dolph is about to drop the hardest mixtape to finish off 2017…— Ｒｅｇｇｉｅ Ｓｍｉｔｈ (@ReggieSmith_96) September 26, 2017
This wasn’t the first time Dolph has been a victim of gun violence. In February the artist was reportedly shot at more than 100 times in Charlotte, North Carolina, while in his SUV. The rapper was able to walk away from that incident without any injuries, and even performed later that night with Migos and 21 Savage. Yo Gotti was likewise rumored to be involved in the incident.
U loose😂— Paper Route Frank (@YoungDolph) February 26, 2017
The day after the North Carolina shooting, Dolph tweeted “u loose” with a laughing emoji. Shortly after the incident, he released a new song, “100 Shots,” ahead of April album Bulletproof.