On September 26, hip-hop artist Young Dolph, 32, was shot multiple times outside of the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles after an argument with three men turned physical.
During the fight, Dolph fell to the ground, which is when one of the unidentified men shot him several times. Dolph survived the gunshots and stood up to run into Shoe Palace on Hollywood Boulevard. Two of the suspects ran away, while the third got into a gold Cadillac Escalade and drove it to a nearby gas station. The suspect then got out of the vehicle and ran, leaving the SUV behind.
Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thorton Jr., was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where police say he is expected to survive.
Police had not found any weapons inside the vehicle, and it’s unclear who owns it. Detectives have detained one man for questioning, but it was unclear whether he was one of the three involved in the fight.
Video from the scene showed police had taped off Highland Avenue and Johnny Grant Way, just steps from Hollywood Boulevard, which was open to the usual glut of tourists, vendors and street performers in costumes.
Young Dolph was scheduled to perform at the Marke in South Los Angeles on Thursday before traveling to Georgia to open for hip-hop star 2 Chainz next week.
Now just one day after the shooting, “Rake It Up” rapper Yo Gotti, born Mario Mims, has been listed as a person of interest in the shooting.
According to TMZ, Los Angeles law enforcement said that both Yo Gotti and Young Dolph were both staying at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood Tuesday when their crews got into some sort of disagreement. We’re told just a short time later, shots were fired outside the hotel. TMZ reports that police obtained this information after witnesses at the scene told him that Mims was involved.
Police said they are investigating whether or not Dolph was targeted as part of a hip-hop rivalry more than six months after surviving a hail of gunfire shot at his SUV in North Carolina.