A man arrested in connection with the Hollywood shooting of rapper Young Dolph was released from jail Thursday, with prosecutors asking police to conduct additional investigation before a decision is made on whether to file criminal charges.

Corey McClendon, 43, of Memphis, Tennessee, was detained shortly after the 1:15 p.m. Tuesday shooting outside the Loews Hollywood Hotel in 1700 block of North Highland Avenue. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted murder early Wednesday morning, according to police and jail records.

Greg Risling of the District Attorney’s Office said prosecutors “asked for further investigation” by police before deciding on possible criminal charges. Given the delay, McClendon — who had been held on $1 million bail — was released shortly after 5 p.m.

According to police, 32-year-old Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr., got into a fight with three men and was thrown to the ground, when one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot the rap artist multiple times. It was unclear if McClendon is the suspected gunman.

Thornton ran into a shoe store after the shooting, leaving a trail of blood. He was hospitalized in critical condition, but police said he is expected to survive.

Speculation arose after the shooting that the gunfire may have been the result of an ongoing feud between Young Dolph and fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti. Earlier this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, Thornton’s SUV was riddled with around 100 bullets, and he subsequently released an album called “Bulletproof.”

McClendon has prior drug and theft-related convictions in Tennessee, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Young Dolph had been scheduled to perform in South Los Angeles on Thursday night.

–City News Service

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