YOUNG Dolph has reportedly been shot dead while buying cookies in Memphis on Wednesday afternoon.

The artist, real name Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, was fatally shot at Makeda's Cookies.

Young Dolph has reportedly been shotAFP - Getty

Action News 5Police taped off the scene on Wednesday afternoon '/ '

Instagram / @iammiajayeThe star leaves behind two young children '/ '

Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop where the shooting happened, told FOX13 his employees said Young Dolph walked into the store to buy cookies.

The owner then claimed that someone drove up and shot and killed the rapper at roughly 1pm. He also told WREG that the star was hit while he was buying cookies.

Fox also reports that three law enforcement officers confirmed the young rapper's death.

The artist was reportedly not alone when he was shot, the outlet reports, however it is not clear who he was with or if they were hurt.

The owner of local store Comfort Coin-Operated Laundry told The Sun: ...My worker who was here hit the floor when she heard the gunshots.

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...We're closing up real soon. Everything is shut down. The street in front of the store and all the side streets are blocked off because people are coming over here to see what happened....

Read our Young Dolph live blog for the very latest news and updates...

A local reporter at the scene showed cops in bullet-proof vests outside of the store taping off the area.

Reports claim that a window of the cookie shop was broken following the shooting.

Eagle-eyed fans believe that they spotted the rapper's vehicle, a camouflage print two-door, in the parking lot.

Police confirmed that one male victim was pronounced dead following the shooting, but insisted that their identity will only be revealed when the next of kin have been contacted.

Those with information on the shooting have been asked to call 901-528-CASH.

Reporters at the scene claimed that members of the community were turning up to the scene, with some lying on the ground in tears.

No information about the shooter has been released and it is not yet clear whether or not the suspect is on the run.

In a statement, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland called the shooting “another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

RAPPER WAS A REGULAR AT THE STORE

Just days before his death, the rapper was filmed at the store helping to advertise their products.

...Young Dolph says every time he comes home he has to stop by Makeda's Cookies,... the company posted alongside a video of the star outside the store.

Young Dolph was a 36-year-old rapper who has been on the scene for years. His debut mixtape, Paper Route Campaign was released in 2008, years before his first studio album King of Memphis in 2016.

He has collaborated with multiple rappers including 2 Chainz, Key Glock, T.I., Gucci Mane, and Megan Thee Stallion. 

Megan Thee Stallion posted a tribute to Young Dolph on her Instagram. ...He was so genuine so real so kind to me,...

According to the rapper's cousin, Mareno Meyers, he had been out of town since Monday to visit his aunt who has cancer.

He was known well in the area for handing out turkeys around Thanksgiving and donating money to his former high school.

FANS MOURN THE LOSS

The star has accumulated over 4.4million followers on Instagram, a platform that several social media users flooded to share their condolences.

...They saying you dead I hope not,... one user wrote, while another said ...Damn rip....

...Please don't leave us,... another wrote. ...News better be fake....

The artist was related to late rapper Juice WRLD, who passed away following an accidental overdose.

Following his death, Young Dolph posted a tribute saying: ...damn lil cuzz. i feel awkward as hell makin this post on social media the world didn't know u was my blood lil cuzin....

Dolph leaves behind his two children, a daughter and a son, that he reportedly shares with Mia Jayes.

His baby mama posted in August 2021 about how ...Why do Black men deserve to grow old?...

read, ...Because it is their Birthright! When God created each individual, he assigned them a task to fulfill and when these men are taken from this world prematurely, that Task… Purpose… Assignment may be left undone.⁣...

TARGETED SINCE HIS TEENAGE YEARS

The 36-year-old rapper previously spoke about his belief that he has been a target of violence since his teenage years.

“I’ve been targeted since I was 17, 18, 19,” he stated in an interview with The Guardian.

The rapper admitted that he did not grow up in the best surroundings, which caused him to turn to certain methods to make money.

When asked how, he responded: ...Hustling – you’ve been seeing it for so long that you start to partake in it. I clocked in when I was 12 and never clocked out....

He further explained how his surroundings had an influence on him around that time.

...Even when leaving school, you either had to go up past the two stores and the corner, where everything is going on, or walk up this long ass boring street up the hill to go home.

...We wanted to go past where the action is. We were in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, seeing this living hell....

The star was a well-known name in MemphisGetty Images - Getty

The star was reportedly hit while shopping for cookiesGetty Images - Getty

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