Baton Rouge-based rapper Lil Phat, born Melvin Vernell III, was shot and killed outside an Atlanta hospital last night. Reports indicate that he was visiting his newborn baby when he was shot several times while sitting in his car in the parking deck near Northside Hospital. Police are looking for two persons of interest who were seen running from the scene.
Lil Phat was a member of the Trill Entertainment family which also features Webbie, Foxx, Mouse, and Lil Boosie. It was on Webbie’s single “Independent” where Lil Phat made his name. The Trill family of artists have been in the news recently as Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie was acquitted of first degree murder charges stemming from the 2009 shooting of Terry Boyd.
Lil Phat gets shot