The police car used to kill Young Dolph in the second shooting
Memphis, Tenn. Tennessee authorities said they linked a car used to kill rapper Young Dolph to a shooting that killed a woman and wounded another person, days before the ambush targeting the hip-hop artist.
Memphis police said two men got out of a white Mercedes-Benz and shot and killed a bakery in Memphis where Young Dolph was buying biscuits on Wednesday. Police released images from the surveillance video that captured the shooting, but no suspicious information was revealed and no arrests were made.
The same vehicle was used in the November 12 shooting in Covington, located about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Memphis, Capt. Jack Howell of the Covington Police Department told The Associated Press.
Howell said the Mercedes followed another car that came out of a high school night football game. Howell said two people got out of the Mercedes at the intersection and fired about 40 rounds of high-powered rifles at the other car.
Two women were shot. Howell said one woman died of her injuries, and the other woman remains in the hospital. Howell said Covington police are working with Memphis authorities and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to search for suspects believed to be from the Memphis area.
Howell said evidence found in the Mercedes while it was in the Memphis neighborhood on Saturday linked the car to two times of the shooting.
“The vehicle associated with our shooting is also connected to the Memphis shooting in relation to the rapper,” Howell said.
Young Dolph, real name Adolph Johnston Jr., was in his hometown of Memphis to partake in Thanksgiving turkey gifts and visit a cancer center. Friends and colleagues handed out turkeys, mixtapes and cranberry sauce at Memphis Church on Friday, an event the 36-year-old rapper helped organize and was supposed to attend.
Young Dolph was photographed at Makeda’s Cookies, a beloved family-owned bakery known for its delicious butter cookies and banana pudding. It was the rapper’s favorite bakery, which he visited regularly when he was in town.
The bakery’s management said the shop where he was killed, near the Memphis International Airport, remained closed and could be closed for the rest of the year.
A second location in downtown Memphis reopened to customers on Monday. More than $85,000 has been donated online to support the bakery, which is named after a 6-year-old girl who died of cancer.
Fans of the cookie store, which also sells its products in grocery stores and caters to events, say it’s an important part of the community.
Julian Boyd, co-owner of D’Bos Wings N More, said the Black-owned bakery was popular with celebrities and regular people alike.
“As a society, we have to do a better job of loving and supporting black-owned businesses rather than inflicting violence on them,” Boyd said. “All the attention that this beautiful, black-owned work is getting is going to be directly related to gun violence. That’s awful.”
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