Memphis rapper Young Dolph was shot 22 times, autopsy reveals

Francis Akhalbey March 16, 2022
An autopsy report revealed Young Dolph was shot 22 times -- Left Photo @youngdolph on Instagram

An autopsy report on the shooting death of Young Dolph revealed the popular Memphis rapper suffered a total of 22 gunshot wounds.

According to FOX 13 Memphis, the report, which was released by the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, revealed the deceased rapper was hit in the forehead, temple, face, right back, center back, left back, right arm, left arm, left chest, left abdomen, right chin, right neck, right wrist, and right shoulder.

The Preach rapper, born Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was fatally shot on November 17 last year while he was inside the Makeda’s Butter Cookies shop in South Memphis, Face2Face Africa reported.

The two suspected gunmen who were linked to the fatal shooting were later identified as Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith. The U.S. Marshals announced Johnson was apprehended in Indiana on January 11. Smith was also taken into custody on December 9.

Besides being charged in connection with Young Dolph’s killing, Smith has also been charged with attempted murder for allegedly opening fire on the rapper’s brother. The two were in Makeda’s Butter Cookies when the suspected gunmen pulled over and opened fire.

The Marshals named Johnson as a person of interest in Young Dolph’s killing less than a week before his arrest. Officials also offered a $15,000 reward for information that would lead to his arrest.

Officials also said the white Mercedes Benz vehicle that was used in Young Dolph’s killing was carjacked at a gas station on November 10. And Johnson’s December 9 arrest was in connection with that theft. A tipster also confirmed that was the vehicle used in the 36-year-old rapper’s murder.

Johnson, who is reportedly a rapper and goes by the stage name Straight Drop, has been charged with first-degree murder and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000. The 23-year-old suspect also has an outstanding warrant for violation of federal release related to a weapons conviction, FOX 13 Memphis reported.

Smith, on the other hand, faces a slew of charges including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon, employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony, and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Shundale Barnett for his role in the murder. Authorities have also named two other individuals – Devin Burns and Joshua Taylor – as persons of interest in the fatal shooting.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: March 16, 2022


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