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Police tie car used by suspects in murder of rapper Young Dolph to another shooting


Police tie car used by suspects in murder of rapper Young Dolph to another shooting.

On Monday, Tennessee authorities said they tied a car used by suspects in the murder of rapper Young Dolph to another shooting in which a woman died and another person was injured days before the artist’s death.

Captain Jack Howell of the Covington Police Department said to the media that a white Mercedes-Benz related to the Young Dolph shooting was found to be used in another shooting Nov. 12 in Covington, a city 40 miles north of Memphis.

Two people got out of the Mercedes at an intersection, firing about 40 rounds with high-powered rifles at a car they had followed at a high school football game that night, Howell said.

Two women were shot, one dead and the other still in hospital, Howell said.

Days later, Young Dolph was shopping for cookies at a Memphis bakery when two men in the same Mercedes got out of the vehicle and fired at the establishment, killing the rapper, according to Memphis police. Information on the suspects has yet to be released and no arrests have been made despite the fact that police released photos captured from the surveillance footage.

Covington police are searching with Memphis police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for the suspects, who are believed to be from the Memphis area, Howell said.

The Mercedes was found Sunday in a Memphis neighborhood, with evidence connecting the vehicle to both shootings, Howell said.

Young Dolph, 36, also known as Adolph Johnston Jr., was in his hometown of Memphis for a series of Thanksgiving turkey gifts and to visit a cancer center. The rapper had helped organize an event at a Memphis church on Friday, where friends and colleagues handed out turkeys, stuffing mix, and cranberry sauce. I was supposed to attend.

Young Dolph was shot at Makeda’s Cookies, a beloved family bakery known for its tasty shortbread and banana pudding. The bakery was a favorite of the rapper, who visited it regularly when in town.

The store where he was shot, which is near the Memphis International Airport, remained boarded up and could be closed for the rest of the year, bakery management said.

A second location in downtown Memphis reopened to customers Monday. More than $ 85,000 has been donated online in support of the bakery, which is named after a 6-year-old girl who died of cancer.

Fans of the cookie shop, which also sells its wares in supermarkets and attends events, say it is an important part of the community.

Julian Boyd, co-owner of D’Bos Wings N More restaurant, said Black’s owned bakery was popular with celebrities and ordinary people alike.

“As a community, we have to do a better job of loving and supporting our black-owned businesses rather than inflicting violence on them,” Boyd said. “All the attention this beautiful black-owned business is getting will be directly related to gun violence. That’s terrible.”


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