The Melvin Vernell III shooting death put Northside Hospital on lockdown last night. WAFB reports that the Lil Phat shooting erupted Thursday evening. The attack was not inside the hospital, but rather in the parking deck near the hospital’s women’s center.
WAFB reports the shooting erupted after 6:30 pm local time. Melvin Vernell III was inside a car when he was shot dead. Officials report to news that Vernell was seated inside his vehicle parked near the hospital’s Labor and Delivery wing.
The rapper was featured on Webbie's hit single "Independent," which reached No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 2008. On Twitter, Webbie wrote, "RIP to my lil brother Phat! Life so f--ked up! TRILL4LIFE." Watch the video for "Independent," costarring labelmate Lil' Boosie, who was recently acquitted of first degree murder in Bato
The promising career of Trill Entertainment rapper Lil Phat ended in tragedy Thursday night.
The 19-year-old rapper — born Melvin Vernell 3rd — was shot to death outside a hospital in Sandy Springs, Ga., and police are searching for two suspects "seen running from the location at the time of the shooting," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Police said Vernell, who hailed from Baton Rouge, La., was hit multiple times as he sat in a parked car near the hospital's entrance and was pronounced dead shortly afterward.
As word of the rapper's death spread, his label mates took to Twitter to mourn.
“RIP TO MY LIL BROTHER PHAT! LIFE SO F--KED UP! TRILL4LIFE, “YOU STUPID BITCHES THINK DEATH A JOKE UNTIL YOU LOSE SOMEBODY YOU LOVE! #RIPLILPHAT,” Webbie tweeted Friday.
It was a collaboration with Webbie on the latter's hit single “Independent” — which reached No. 9 on Billboard's Top 100 — that put Phat on the map in 2008.
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