Lil Snupe, Meek Mill Protege, Dead at 18

Lil Snupe

The rising rapper was shot and killed in Winnfield, La., early Thursday morning.

(UPDATED 4:15 p.m.) Emerging rapper Lil Snupe, a recent signee to Meek Mill's Dream Chasers label, was shot and killed early Thursday morning, June 20, in Winnfield, La.

Police say 18-year-old Addarren Ross was killed around 4 a.m. at the Maplewood Apartments in Winnfield, according to CBS affiliate KNOE 8. Ross, known as Lil Snupe, had two gunshot wounds.

A suspect has been identified but no further information has been given.

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Winnfield (pop. 4,840) is located about an hour north of Alexandria in the heart of the state. It's not immediately known why Snupe was in the small town. Sources tell Billboard the artist may have been living in Baton Rouge, while some previous articles written about the young rapper have listed Jonesboro, La., about 80 miles east of Shreveport, as his hometown.

In freestyle raps posted online, Snupe has name-dropped "225" -- the Baton Rouge area code.

His manager, DJ Smallz, tweeted of Lil Snupe's death this morning,"The call I got this morning is un real RIP 2 my Lil n---- lilsnupe."

Dream Chasers' Louie V Gutta also tweeted, "I aint gone lie i cant stop crying! I Can't Believe My Youngin Gone! RIP lil bro @LilSnupe."

Mill signed Snupe to Dream Chasers last year after listening to his mixtape for 20 minutes, the late Louisiana rapper told MTV News in February. "He was in a van, they was finna pull off. And I went and knocked on the van, on the window. They let the window down, grabbed the mixtape and it was like 10 minutes later, 20 minutes later they called me," he said.

"He was spittin' so much pain, he's from the South with a flow like an East Coast guy," Meek told MTV.

Snupe repped his home state in his last tweet, "i Hold it Down 4 Louisiana."

Snupe released his mixtape, "Real Ni--a in Charge," in April. Check it out here.