A warrant for the arrest has been issued for a Tennessee man in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph, who was shot in an ambush in broad daylight at a popular cookie shop in November in his hometown of Memphis, authorities said on Wednesday.
A first degree murder warrant was issued for Justin Johnson, 23, in the Nov. 17 shooting against Young Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton Jr., the US Marshals Service said in a press release.
The Marshals Service and the Memphis Police Department have searched for suspects in the murder. A reward of $ 15,000 was offered for any information leading to an arrest.
The shooting stunned the city of Memphis and shocked the entertainment world. Police said two men got out of a white Mercedes-Benz and shot at a Memphis bakery where Young Dolph, 36, was buying cookies and killed him.
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Police released photos taken from surveillance video that captured the shooting, but investigators have not disclosed any information on a possible motive.
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Known for his depictions of difficult street life and his independent approach to the music world, Young Dolph was admired for his charities in Memphis. He organized Thanksgiving food gifts, donated thousands of dollars to high schools, paid rent, and covered funeral expenses for residents of the Castalia Heights neighborhood where he grew up.
City officials and community activists have called the murder a symbol of the dangers of gun violence in Memphis, where more than 300 homicides were reported last year.
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A private funeral was held for Young Dolph on November 30 and a section of a street in the neighborhood where he grew up was renamed for him on December 15. He was honored a day later at a public celebration at FedExForum, the home of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis men’s basketball team.