RAPPER Young Dolph was shot dead on Wednesday afternoon as gunfire erupted at a cookie store in Memphis.

The star was shot down after a car pulled up and fired through the front window of the store.

Authorities responded to claims that Yo Gotti's restaurant had been targeted in retaliation and said that no shots were fired at the location after rumors spread on Twitter.

Young Dolph and Yo Gotti were rumored to have been locked in a rap beef for a number of years.

The pair allegedly exchanged subtle disses on tracks towards each other, as well as spoke about one another in interviews.

Yo Gotti and Young Dolph were both raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and became competitors once Young Dolph rose up on the southern hip hop scene.

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