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Suspect Arrested in Connection With Young Dolph Shooting

Young Dolph at day 2 of the Radio Broadcast Center, sponsored by Sprite, during the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Square on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Young Dolph at day 2 of the Radio Broadcast Center, sponsored by Sprite, during the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Square on June 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

*One man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of 32-year-0ld rapper Young Dolph in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Corey McClendon, 43, 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.

Not clear yet is whether McClendon is accused of firing the gun or simply being involved in the brawl that preceded the shooting, Aguilar said.

Young Dolph, a Memphis-area rapper born Adolph Thornton Jr., was shot multiple times after he got into an argument with three men outside the Loews Hollywood Hotel, as previously reported.

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 this morning (Sept. 27), 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.

Young Dolph was scheduled to perform at the Marke in South Los Angeles on Thursday before traveling to Georgia to open for 2 Chainz next week.

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