Young rapper Dolph killed in gun battle hours after his BET debut

Young Dolph, a rising star in hip-hop with several hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100, died on Sunday night, hours after he was shot in a gun battle in downtown Memphis, WMC-TV reported. The rapper, whose real name was Gerald Thomas, was transported to the Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Local police were responding to a call about gunshots in the St. Jude Center building, where Dolph was performing an event and where the rapper had a hotel room. Witnesses said the concert had just begun and Dolph and two other men were walking down Third Street when another vehicle pulled up. A passenger inside the car opened fire, hitting Dolph and one of his friends, according to WMC-TV. The shooters escaped in a gray SUV, and the third man suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was also taken to the hospital.

Dolph, a member of the rap group Black Wall Street, was making his national television debut as a host for the BET music competition series “Live Your Life.” Dolph, whose real name is Gerald Thomas, was shot multiple times and died early Monday.

Statement from “Black Wall Street” statement: We deeply mourn the passing of our family member, Dolph… https://t.co/sXjtsdcJuP — Black Wall Street (@BlackWallStreet) September 10, 2018

Dolph was the first rapper to sell at least one million records in 2017, according to the Guardian. His last album, “King of Memphis,” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart this summer.

His death is the latest in a string of mass shootings in recent years, including the 2017 massacre at a Las Vegas music festival that killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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