Los Angeles police have cleared Yo Gotti as a person of interest in the shooting that left a fellow Memphis rapper in critical condition.
Young Dolph, 32, was shot multiple times Tuesday (Sept. 26) after being knocked to the ground during a fight at the Loews Hollywood hotel, police said. He was rushed to an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
According to police, Dolph (real name: Adolph Thornton Jr.) was standing outside the hotel when he was confronted by three men, one of whom was carrying a firearm. Two of the suspects fled the scene on foot, while one left in a gold Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle was abandoned at a gas station.
A law enforcement source told the Associated Press Tuesday that the shooting may be connected to Dolph’s rivalry with Yo Gotti (real name: Mario Mims).
“There’s no evidence that he is a person of interest,” LAPD officer Irma Mota told the Daily News on Wednesday.
TMZ reported that a confrontation between the two men’s entourage occurred hours before the shooting.
In a March 2016 interview with XXL, Dolph said he wasn’t feuding with Gotti or any rapper, for that matter.
However, as of late there’s been chatter regarding the animosity between the two. While Dolph was in Charlotte, N.C., back in February, his SUV was riddled with bullets. Police counted up to 100 shell casings on the scene. No one was hurt.
Less than 18 hours after the incident, Dolph took to Twitter to bask in the victory of being unscathed. It was speculated that he was referring to Gotti.
— its DOLPHHHHHH! (@YoungDolph) February 26, 2017
Blac Youngsta, an associate of Gotti’s, was taken into custody for the Charlotte shooting.
In a March 2017 with XXL Magazine, Dolph was asked about his brush with death.
“I got no clue. I really don’t even give a damn,” Dolph told the publication. “I’ve been a target … to people that I intimidate, know what I’m saying?”
He continued, “So, only thing that I can do is take this [expletive] and keep going. … The more I live, the bigger and greater I’m (going to) get. … The haters and the negativity, that [expletive] gonna get bigger too, you know what I mean? But, at the end of the day, man, I’m good.”
As for Tuesday’s shooting, police have detained Corey McClendon, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Police are still looking for at least two other suspects.