Shooting of rapper in Hollywood could be tied to hip-hop feud


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Los Angeles police have arrested Corey McClendon, a friend of chart-topping rapper Yo Gotti, on a charge of attempted murder in the shooting of up-and-coming Tennessee rapper Young Dolph in front of a Hollywood hotel Tuesday afternoon.

Det. Meghan Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the LAPD, said Wednesday that McClendon was arrested and booked early Wednesday. He was being held on $1 million bail.

She said investigators are still looking for two other men believed to have been involved in the fight with Young Dolph, 32, which led to the shooting in the valet area of the Loews Hollywood hotel, near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Young Dolph (real name Adolph Thornton Jr.) is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital from a gunshot wound , Aguilar said.

McClendon, 43, is a known associate of Gotti (real name Mario Mims), who was charged with nine other men with aggravated riot in a melee that led to the shooting of six people in the parking lot of nightclub in Memphis in November 2010.

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Local media reports at the time said McClendon, then 36, was one of the men charged after he and Yo Gotti got into an argument with another rapper, OG Boo Dirty. But a few months later, all charges were dropped by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office because there weren’t enough witnesses to the fight.

The Yo Gotti altercation took place about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aguilar said, when Young Dolph and three men got into an argument.

“The argument between (Young Dolph) and the men escalated to a physical fight, and he fell to the ground. One of the men then pulled out a gun and started shooting,” Aguilar said. “Young Dolph was struck but was able to get up and run into a local business.”

Two of the men ran off and the third jumped into a gold Cadillac Escalade parked in front of the hotel, Aguilar said. He drove off but abandoned the car and ran away on foot.

This is the second time this year that Young Dolph has been shot at: In February, his SUV was targeted by as many as 100 bullets in Charlotte, N.C., before a party he was to attend at a nightclub. His vehicle was bulletproof so the Memphis rapper escaped unharmed and was able to make his scheduled appearance.

In May, a Memphis-based rapper, Blac Youngsta, was one of three men charged with discharging a weapon and felony conspiracy in connection with the shootout, believed to stem from a rivalry between out-of-town rappers.

Later, Young Dolph released track, 100 Shots, on his album Bulletproof. He’s best known for his guest verse on, Cut It, by O.T. Genasis, which hit 35 on the Billboard chart in 2016.

Yo Gotti’s Rake It Up featuring Nicki Minaj is currently No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Meanwhile, some of Young Dolph’s friends and admirers spoke out about the Hollywood shooting on social media.

“Get well soon my boy @youngdolph,” 2 Chainz posted on his Instagram. Young Dolph was scheduled to open for the hip-hop star in Georgia to next week.

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