Who shot Young Dolph?
On September 26, 2017, Thornton was shot outside of a retail business in Hollywood, California. He was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, but doctors said he was likely to live within a few hours.
He was in the hospital for two weeks recovering from three bullet wounds. Yo Gotti was initially recognized as a person of interest in the shooting moments after it occurred. Yo Gotti was cleared later; his companion, Corey McClendon, was detained for attempted murder but freed the next day with no charges.
Thornton began spending more time in Memphis with his family during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, amid rumors of retirement.
He was well-known in the community for his philanthropy, having donated $25,000 to his alma mater, Hamilton High School, and giving children motivational lectures.
Thornton, who was well-known in Memphis for donating and handing out Thanksgiving dinners, gave away 200 turkeys to people at the West Cancer Center just days before his death, and was planned to donate more meals a few days later.
Thornton was tragically shot on November 17, 2021, while picking up cookies for his mother at Makeda’s Cookies, a cookie bakery he frequented in Memphis; police say an anonymous gunman entered the store and shot twice.
Hundreds of people flocked to the location of Thornton’s death for hours, and police had to bar people from entering as they investigated.
To prevent civic unrest and bloodshed, Tennessee House Representative London Lamar and Memphis councilman JB Smiley have called for a curfew to be imposed in Memphis.