Rapper Young Dolph expected to survive after shooting in Hollywood tourist district; one person detained


A hip-hop artist was wounded in a shooting that sent police and paramedics flooding into Hollywood Boulevard’s tourist center Tuesday afternoon.

Young Dolph, 32, was shot multiple times when an argument with three men outside the Loews Hollywood Hotel turned physical, said Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez.

Young Dolph fell to the ground during the fight, at which point one of the men shot him several times. He managed to stand up and run into Shoe Palace, near the famous TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.


Two of the men ran off, while the third jumped into a gold Cadillac Escalade and drove it to a gas station next door. He then hopped out and ran, leaving the SUV behind.

Police had not found any weapons inside the vehicle, and it’s unclear who owns it.

Detectives have detained one man for questioning, but it was unclear whether he was one of the three involved in the fight.

Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr., was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. Hours later, police said he was expected to survive.

Video from the scene showed police had taped off Highland Avenue and Johnny Grant Way, just steps from Hollywood Boulevard, which was open to the usual glut of tourists, vendors and street performers in costumes.

Young Dolph was scheduled to perform at the Marke in South Los Angeles on Thursday before traveling to Georgia to open for hip-hop star 2 Chainz next week.


The performer has previously told TMZ he was shot at “one hundred” times during an incident in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this year, though the Charlotte Observer reported that police never directly confirmed he was involved in such an incident.

Young Dolph went on to reference the supposed incident in promotion of his album “Bulletproof.”

He was featured on O.T. Genasis’ 2015 hit single “Cut It” and released his debut album last year.


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11:05 p.m.: This article was updated to reflect that police said the rapper would survive.

7 p.m.: This article was updated with more information about the shooting and background on Young Dolph.

4:20 p.m.: This article was updated to reflect that authorities found a gold Cadillac Escalade connected to the incident.

3:20 p.m.: This article was updated with information about the victim, rapper Young Dolph.

This article was first published at 1:55 p.m.