Los Angeles police have arrested Corey McClendon, an associate of “Down In The DM” rapper Yo Gotti, on a charge of attempted murder in the shooting of up-and-coming Tennessee rapper Young Dolph in front of a Hollywood hotel Tuesday afternoon.
McClendon was arrested and booked early Wednesday and is being held on $1 million bail.
Investigators are still looking for two other men believed to have been involved in the fight with Young Dolph, 32, which led to the shooting in the valet area of the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Young Dolph (real name Adolph Thornton Jr.) is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital from a gunshot wound.
This is the second time this year that Young Dolph has been shot at: In February, his SUV was targeted by as many as 100 bullets in Charlotte, N.C., before a party he was to attend at a nightclub. His vehicle was bulletproof so the Memphis rapper escaped unharmed and was able to make his scheduled appearance.
In May, a Memphis-based rapper, Blac Youngsta, was one of three men charged with discharging a weapon and felony conspiracy in connection with the shootout, believed to stem from a rivalry between out-of-town rappers.
McClendon, 43, is a known associate of Gotti (real name Mario Mims), who was charged with nine other men with aggravated riot in a melee that led to the shooting of six people in the parking lot of nightclub in Memphis in November 2010.
McClendon, then 36, was one of the men charged after he and Yo Gotti got into an argument with another rapper, OG Boo Dirty. But a few months later, all charges were dropped by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office because there weren’t enough witnesses to the fight.