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Police ID shooting victim in Atlanta as rapper Lil Phat

Police Saturday identified the 19-year-old man who was fatally shot outside a suburban Atlanta hospital as a rapper known as Lil Phat.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the rapper -- whose real name is Melvin Vernell III, of Sandy Springs -- was fatally shot Thursday night.

Police spokesman Capt. Steve Rose said police are seeking two men seen fleeing the scene. The victim was found shot in a car parked on the second level of a parking deck next to the hospital.

Lil Phat was featured in rapper Webbie's 2007 song, "Independent," which also included Lil Boosie. The song, which praised a woman's independent nature, peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's 100 and topped the rap chart.