Hollywood Shooting Leaves Rapper Young Dolph Critical; LAPD Searching for Assailants

After a shooting in Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon left a rapper named Young Dolph in critical condition, investigators detained one man and are continuing to search for two people possibly involved in the shooting, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.

The shooting happened in the valet parking area of the Loews Hollywood Hotel at the popular Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex, according to a police captain on scene who identified the victim as Young Dolph.

LAPD responds to a shooting near the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Sept. 26, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

LAPD responds to a shooting near the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Sept. 26, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The injured rapper was transported to medical care and had to undergo surgery and was in critical condition, LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said.

Dolph was shot after getting into an "argument" with three other people outside the Loews Hollywood Hotel shortly after 1 p.m., Aguilar said.

"They had an argument, which escalated to a physical fight," Aguilar said. "At one point, Young Dolph was knocked to the ground. And then one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and began shooting at him."

She said the rapper managed to get up and run into a nearby store. Aerial video from Sky5 showed police investigating outside the Shoe Palace store, which is next to the hotel.

Rapper Young Dolph performs onstage at night four of the Late Night Concert during the 2017 BET Experience at The Novo by Microsoft on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

Rapper Young Dolph performs onstage at night four of the Late Night Concert during the 2017 BET Experience at The Novo by Microsoft on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

The trio who assaulted Young Dolph ran in different directions, the detective said.

The shooter was initially described by police as a black man last seen in a gold Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle was later found abandoned near Highland and Franklin avenues, a block from the hotel, police said.

Later, Aguilar said police were looking for two black men and a Hispanic man. She described the gunman as a black man about 6 feet tall with a stocky build, and wearing a light-colored shirt and torn jeans.

Shortly after the shooting, Sky5 footage showed police escorting a black man – in a white T-shirt and handcuffed – to a patrol vehicle. Aguilar later said police are not sure if the man detained is the shooter, or if one of the two people still at large pulled the trigger.

"We have one individual detained. We’re not sure if that was the person who shot Young Dolph," she said, adding that the person detained may have only been involved in the fight outside the hotel.

Dolph is a 32-year-old rapper based in Memphis, Tennessee, who released a debut album in February 2016 entitled "King of Memphis" that peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard 100 chart. His second album, "Bulletproof," was released in April.

Young Dolph's SUV was shot multiple times in February in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to the hip-hop site XXL. About 100 shots were fired, a local television station reported. "Bulletproof" was apparently released in response to that.

He was born Adolph Thornton Jr. in Chicago, Billboard reported.

Photos posted to Young Dolph's Instagram account shortly before the shooting showed him posing on a street in Los Angeles.

Commanding Officer Cory Palka of the LAPD's Hollywood Division tweeted that traffic in the nearby area would be shut down due to the shooting, later tweeting that the immediate area would be shut down through 6 p.m.

Police initially described the victim as a 20-year-old man and initially said they do not know how many suspects they're looking for, until later saying that they're searching for two people.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang and Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.