MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) – Tennessee Police linked a car used in the murder of rapper Young Dolph to a shooting that left a woman dead and injured another days before the ambush against the hip-hop artist , the authorities announced on Monday.
Two men got out of a white Mercedes-Benz and shot at a Memphis bakery where Young Dolph was buying cookies on Wednesday and killed him, Memphis police said. Police released photos taken from surveillance video that captured the shooting, but no suspicious information was released and no arrests were made.
The same car was used in a Nov. 12 shooting in the town of Covington, which is about 40 miles north of Memphis, Covington Police Department Captain Jack Howell told The Associated Press.
Howell said the Mercedes followed another vehicle during a high school night football game. At an intersection, two people got out of the Mercedes and fired about 40 rounds of high powered rifles into the other car, Howell said.
Two women were shot dead. One woman died of her injuries and the other woman remains hospitalized, Howell said. Covington Police are working with authorities in Memphis and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to search for the suspects, believed to be from the Memphis area, Howell said.
Evidence found in the Mercedes while in a Memphis neighborhood on Saturday linked the car to the two shootings, Howell said.
âThe car linked to our shoot is also linked to the Memphis shooting involving the rapper,â Howell said.
Young Dolph, real name Adolph Johnston Jr., was in his hometown of Memphis to participate in Thanksgiving turkey giveaways and visit a cancer center. Friends and associates handed out turkeys, a mix of stuffing and cranberry sauce at a church in Memphis on Friday, an event the 36-year-old rapper helped organize and was scheduled to attend.
Young Dolph was gunned down at Makeda’s Cookies, a beloved family-owned bakery known for its delicious butter cookies and banana pudding. The bakery was one of the rapper’s favorites, who visited it regularly when he was in town.
The store where he was shot, which is near Memphis International Airport, has remained closed and may be closed for the rest of the year, the bakery management said.
A second location in downtown Memphis reopened to customers on Monday. Over $ 85,000 was donated online to support the bakery, named after a 6-year-old girl who died of cancer.
Fans of the biscuit store, which also sells its products in grocery stores and hosts events, say it’s an important part of the community.
Julian Boyd, co-owner of D’Bos Wings N More restaurant, said the black-owned bakery is popular with celebrities and ordinary people.
âAs a community, we need to do a better job of loving and supporting our black-owned businesses instead of inflicting violence on them,â Boyd said. âAll the attention this beautiful black-owned business receives will be directly linked to gun violence. It’s terrible. “
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