Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has issued a brief statement following the sudden death of Young Dolph. In a series of tweets, Strickland called for “calm” in the city and asked for cities to “avoid” the area in which the best-selling artist was killed.
“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” Strickland wrote.
“To honor all victims of violent crime, I ask for calm in our city to allow the Memphis Police Department to do their duty to capture those responsible. I’d also like to ask that motorists continue to avoid the area of Airways and I-240.”
Young Dolph was killed earlier this afternoon while buying cookies at a local bakery. Makeda’s Butter Cookies Owner Maurice Hill told FOX 13 that someone “drove up” and shot him at approximately 1 p.m. The Memphis Police Department has confirmed that the fatal shooting took place, but it has not publicly identified any suspects in the shooting.