19-year-old rapper Melvin Vernell III, who went by the stage name Lil Phat, was found shot dead at 6:40 pm yesterday in the 1001 block of Johnson Ferry Road in Atlanta, GA. 

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Lil Phat was found in a car parked in a parking structure next to Northside Hospital Women’s Center. He was taken to nearby Northside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitutional , witnesses told investigators that they saw at least one suspect running from the scene of the crime. The parking deck has video surveillance cameras that the police are currently reviewing.

Police spokesman Capt. Steve Rose said today that police are searching for-

“two black males … seen running from the location at the time of the shooting.”

Witnesses described one as short and wearing a red shirt and the other a tall and dressed in all black, Rose said.

Lil Phat was signed to Trill ENT, which included artists Lil Boosie, Webbie, Foxx, Lil Trill, KaDe, Mouse & Shell. 

Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Vernell family.

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