Suspect in Hollywood Shooting of Young Dolph Has Ties to Rival Memphis Rapper: Police

A Memphis man with ties to a rival hip-hop artist has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of rapper Young Dolph in the heart of Hollywood’s tourist district, police said.

Corey McClendon, 43, was arrested near Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard shortly after the Tuesday afternoon attack and was booked on suspicion of attempted murder early Wednesday morning, according to Det. Megan Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

It was not clear whether McClendon fired the gun or was simply involved in the brawl that preceded the shooting near one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, Aguilar said.

McClendon has close ties to Memphis rapper Yo Gotti, who has been involved in a bitter feud with with Young Dolph for the last year, according to Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Chris Harris. The rivalry, which exploded in recent months, may have played a role in several recent drive-by shootings in Memphis, Harris said.

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