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Rapper Young Dolph critically injured in LA shooting

Posted at 8:28 PM, Sep 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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