One arrested in connection with shooting of rapper Young Dolph

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One man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of rapper Young Dolph in the heart of Hollywood’s tourist district, police said.

Corey McClendon was arrested near Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard shortly after the Tuesday afternoon attack and has been booked on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Det. Megan Aguilar, an LAPD spokeswoman.

It was not clear whether McClendon fired the gun or was simply involved in the brawl that preceded the shooting near one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, Aguilar said.

Young Dolph, a 32-year-old Memphis-area rapper whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr., was shot multiple times after he got into an argument with three men outside the Loews Hollywood Hotel, police said Tuesday.

The rapper fell to the ground during the fight, and one of the men shot him several times, police said. Young Dolph managed to stand up and run into Shoe Palace, near the famous TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Two of the men ran off, while the third jumped into a gold Cadillac Escalade and drove to a gas station next door. He then hopped out and ran, leaving the SUV behind.

The rapper remained in critical, but stable, condition on Wednesday morning, Aguilar said. McClendon was arrested early Wednesday morning and is being held in lieu of $1-million bail, according to jail records.

It was not clear what led to the dispute, but several media reports have suggested the shooting was connected to Dolph’s ongoing feud with fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti. TMZ reported Tuesday that Yo Gotti had been named as a “person of interest” in the shooting, but Aguilar said Wednesday morning that was inaccurate.

Yo Gotti’s entourage was staying at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, according to Aguilar, but it was unclear whether any of the men involved in the fight and shooting had any connection to the rapper.

Young Dolph was scheduled to perform at the Marke in South Los Angeles on Thursday before traveling to Georgia to open for hip-hop star 2 Chainz next week. Calls to the group responsible for Young Dolph’s bookings seeking comment were not returned Wednesday morning.

Tuesday was not the first time the rapper has been linked to violence. Earlier this year, Young Dolph told TMZ his SUV was shot at nearly 100 times in Charlotte, N.C., though Charlotte police officials have not confirmed the details of the incident, according to local media reports.

Calls to the Charlotte Police Department on Wednesday seeking comment were not immediately returned. Aguilar did not say whether there was any link between the two incidents.

Young Dolph went on to reference the Charlotte incident in his most recent album, “Bulletproof.” The lead track on the disc is titled “100 Shots.”


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