On Thursday night, June 7, Trill Entertainment rapper Lil Phat was involved in a shooting and died at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital second level parking lot deck next to the Northside Hospital Women’s Center.
On Friday, Police spokesman Capt. Steve Rose, who assisted with the lock-down of the facility, stated that they were looking for two males “seen running from the location at the time of the shooting.”
Lil Phat, born Melvin Vernell III, was sitting in a car parked near the hospital’s entrance when he was shot multiple times. Shortly after the shooting the 19-year-old was taken into the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are still not sure why Lil Phat was sitting in the parking lot.
Sen. Charlie Bethel was one of the visitors who was placed on lock-down at the medical facility.
“We arrived around 6:30 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,” Bethel told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a phone interview.
“As we entered the hospital, we were escorted to an empty patient room with other visitors,” he said. “Another family said that as they were beginning to leave, they heard shots and were hurried back into the hospital.”
When word got to his record label about his death, his fellow artist took to twitter to vent their frustration.