Memphis police have released photos of three men suspected in the shooting death of rapper Young Dolph in early September.
Dolph, born Malik Thornton, was shot as he rode in a black SUV in front of his Memphis apartment. Video taken near the scene showed a man with dark complexion running away as Dolph sat on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. No arrests have been made in the slaying, but police previously said several suspects may have been involved.
“Tiffany Smalls, 41, was riding in the back seat and was then struck in the head with a rifle or shotgun,” Memphis Police Department Director Michael Rallings said in a Sept. 11 press conference.
According to Rallings, Thornton was shot in the head. He died in surgery. Witnesses told police a black SUV “immediately left the scene,” and someone then used Thornton’s credit card to purchase gas at a nearby Shell station.
Police released four photos earlier this week of three male suspects.
“They’re trying to identify them,” Memphis Police Department spokesman Sgt. Andrew DeCarlo told The Post. “So far we have not received a complete vehicle description.”
Early September also saw the body of an unidentified man floating in Cumberland River near the Georgia Dome, where the Super Bowl was held this year. That body has yet to be identified. But, like Thornton, the victim appeared to have sustained an apparent gunshot wound.
In the days after Thornton’s death, others began flooding social media with Dolph pictures and mentions under the hashtag #RIPYoungDolph.
Police say detectives are “working diligently” to identify the suspects and “persons of interest.”
Rallings said police do not believe Dolph was specifically targeted in the shooting, and that it was “an isolated incident.”
“No warning shots were exchanged,” he said. “There was not an exchange of gunfire.”