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Trill Entertainment rapper Lil Phat (real name Melvin Vernell III) was shot and killed outside Northside Hospital Thursday evening.

Vernell, who was only 19, was shot several times in the parking deck near the entrance to Northside Hospital’s Women’s Center in Sandy Springs. He was pronounced dead later that night.

Witnesses reported seeing two men running from the scene towards Johnson Ferry Road. One of those men is described as a short black man who was wearing a red shirt.  The other was described as a tall black man who was dressed in all black.

A motive behind the shooting is not known. Police placed the hospital on lockdown for two hours while they searched for the gunman.

Trill Entertainment also includes Lil Boosie, Webbie, Foxx, Lil Trill, KaDe, Mouse and Shell.


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