*The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that 19-year-old rapper Lil’ Phat, real name Melvin Vernell III, was shot and killed in Atlanta on Thursday (June 7).
The artist, signed to Trill Ent. with labelmates Webbie, Lil Boosie and Lil Trill, was shot at around 6:40 p.m. Thursday in the parking deck of Northside Hospital Women’s Center, in the 1001 block of Johnson Ferry Road. Phat was shot multiple times in his car.
Witnesses told police that they saw two black males running away from the scene. Police spokesman Capt. Steve Rose said they were looking for one short man, who was wearing a red t-shirt and another taller man dressed all in black.
Lil’ Phat was taken into the hospital after he was pronounced dead at the scene. It is currently unknown whether or not the incident was captured on the hospital’s surveillance cameras.
The hospital was placed under lockdown and one of the visitors there at the time told police “We arrived around 6:30 p.m. to visit my brother and sister-in-law – my wife’s family had a baby today at Northside Women’s Center – and as we arrived, there was a disturbance in the parking lot. As we entered the hospital, we were escorted to an empty patient room with other visitors. Another family said that as they were beginning to leave, they heard shots and were hurried back into the hospital.”
Best friends and labelmates Webbie, Lil Boosie, Mack Maine and Power 105.1 DJ Charlamagne Tha God have tweeted the following tributes to Phat:
Lil Boosie - “RIP Tha Youngin Lil Phat”
Webbie - “RIP TO MY LIL BROTHER PHAT! LIFE SO F**KED UP! TRILL4LIFE. YOU STUPID BI***ES THINK DEATH A JOKE UNTIL YOU LOSE SOMEBODY YOU LOVE! #RIPLILPHAT”
Mack Maine - “R.I.P. Lil Phat”
Charlamagne Tha God - “RIP Lil Phat #TRILL #breakfastclub105″