Young Dolph began trending on Twitter early Sunday morning for reasons not entirely related to his music. The Paper Route Empire rapper was scheduled to perform in Charlotte, North Carolina during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament weekend, and multiple reports have him linked to a shooting still under investigation by authorities.
“As many as 100 shots were reportedly fired late Saturday in uptown along the 600 block of North Caldwell Street,” reports Mark Price of the Charlotte Observer. “Police say the incident was not related to any CIAA sanctioned events, and there have been no reports of injuries.”
Various media reports and footage provided by witnesses have Dolph’s SUV as one of the vehicles targeted during the shooting, which occurred at approximately 6:30 pm. According to authorities, both a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and a red SUV both sustained multiple shots. Dolph’s SUV is believed to have been equipped with bulletproof material. Based on footage obtained by eyewitnesses, Dolph went through with his scheduled performance at Charlotte’s Cameo nightclub, along with Migos and 21 Savage.
Dolph Went To The Club Lastnight After Getting Shot And Performed His Diss In Front Of A Sold Out Crowd 😳pic.twitter.com/1NN8mrWRRC— Global (@VinePhilly) February 26, 2017
“It’s believed the shooting took place in the roadway and did not occur in a nearby apartment complex or any tented events,” reports the Observer. “Some social media posts were saying a ‘street party’ was going on in the area at the time.”
According to police, multiple vehicles and nearby apartment units were struck by gunfire, but there have been no reports of injuries related to the shooting.