ATLANTA, GA (FOX44) — Rapper Lil’ Phat, aka Melvin Vernell III, was shot and killed in a parking garage next to a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to reports the incident happened on Thursday, June 7 just before 7:00 p.m. Vernell, 19, was shot several times in a parking garage next to the entrance of Northside Hospital’s Women’s Center. Vernell was pronounced dead later that night.
According to the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, 11Alive, the hospital went into lockdown for roughly two hours after the incident while officers with the Sandy Springs Police Department searched the area for the suspects responsible.
Vernell is one of the youngest artists signed to Trill Entertainment, a Baton Rouge-based record label that represents such local artists as Lil’ Boosie, Webbie, and Foxx.
We will provide an update as soon as more information is available.