Memphis police release photos of suspects in rapper Young Dolph shooting

Justin Balch , CNN Memphis, TN; Poulan Radtke , CNN

(CNN) – Memphis police have released photos of three men they want to question in connection with the shooting death of rapper Young Dolph.

Dolph, whose real name is Justin Balch, was shot multiple times Monday evening outside his vehicle outside a gas station in the city’s Shelby Heights neighborhood. He died later at a local hospital.

Police released images of three men they want to question. One is described as a black man with a dark complexion, who is wearing red shorts and a red hooded sweatshirt. Another man is described as a black man with a dark complexion, who is wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. The third person is described as a black man who is wearing gray shorts and a black-and-white striped shirt.

In a Monday night appearance on stage at a show, Dolph opened up about being shot.

“I’m doing all right,” Dolph said on stage. “I got shot. Somebody trynna kill me again, I ain’t letting nobody kill me. Damn. But you gonna get it. Come get me.”

The Gas Station on Chapel Street

Mike Hamrick, Memphis’ director of police operations, told reporters earlier this week that police believe Dolph was the intended target of the shooting. Police said they do not have any reports of an argument or altercation prior to the shooting.

“Young Dolph left his location along with several others,” Hamrick said. “During the process of leaving, a silver Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up next to him in the parking lot and a single shot was fired through the driver’s side window of the vehicle. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and drove himself to University Hospital where he died of his injuries.”

Memphis’ ATS Precinct responded to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage that may help them gather more information.

“We have no leads at this time,” said Superintendent of Memphis Police Sean Williams on Monday. “We have a good description of the offenders, but I can’t tell you what type of uniform they were wearing. I’m sure based on those images they could recognize themselves.”

Dolph was an influential figure in Memphis music. The former rapper (real name Justin Balch) is of African-American and Mexican-American ancestry and has a penchant for daringly edgy lyrics. “Everybody gon’ hear about this,” he sang in a track called “Roots of Destruction.” “You can’t tell me what I’m going to do.”

Dolph was a founding member of Memphis rap group Freaks of the Court. The group also featured hip-hop veterans Lil B and Yo Gotti.

Dolph’s music went mainstream when he released his 2016 album “Liar, Liar,” which was produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, a Grammy-winning producer who also worked with Rihanna, Eminem and Beyonce. Dolph collaborated with artists such as Beyonce, Meek Mill, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.

The rapper was scheduled to perform in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday. On his website, he announced that he would donate $10,000 to charity in lieu of his usual earnings to donate $10,000 to charity in lieu of his usual earnings.

“Recently, Young Dolph spoke with the President of the South Florida chapter of Tax Day Boys & Girls Club in reference to an upcoming event in Tampa, FL,” read the announcement. “Dolph appreciated the organization’s efforts in providing service to kids in the community and would like to contribute 10% of his proceeds from the event to them.”

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