Photos have surfaced online showing the man suspected of fatally shooting 37-year-old Memphis recording artist Young Dolph, while wearing a PRE pendant and partying with him at a club.
On Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Memphis Police Department announced that they are looking for 23-year-old Justin Johnson in connection with the death of Young Dolph-born Adolph Robert Thornton.
According to the statement from the US Marshals Service, Johnson already has an pending warrant for violating a federally controlled release after a gun offense. Johnson has also been added to TBI’s Most Wanted list.
Paper Route Empire CEO Young Dolph was gunned down at Makeda’s Butter Cookies in Memphis on November 17, 2021.
Photos from the suspects’ Instagram page show Johnson wearing a PRE pendant on the chain on his belt loop. Paper Route Empire (PRE) is Dolph’s independent record label.
While an older photo has also surfaced showing Johnson standing behind Young Dolph at what appears to be a club.
In addition, TBI said they are offering $2,500 for information leading to Johnson’s arrest. While the combined agencies, US Marshals, the Memphis Police Department and Crime Stoppers, are offering a $15K reward for finding Young Dolph’s alleged killer.
The US Marshals Service says Justin Johnson, aka “Straight Dropp”, has ties to organized crime gangs and should be considered armed and dangerous. They list him as standing at 5′8″ and weighs about 190 pounds. He has the name “Jaiya” tattooed on his right arm.
Police have not named the other suspect but have confirmed they are looking for two people involved in the shooting.
Security footage showed two masked people in sweatshirts that appear to be wearing gloves and holding firearms jumping from a white two-door Mercedes Benz.
There’s no official word on whether the shooting suspect was actually affiliated with PRE or whether Dolph knew about him, but unfortunately, he apparently knew who Dolph was.
Young Dolph’s supporters went to social media after the discovery.