20-year-old up-and-coming rapper lost his life as he was gunned at his Hollywood Hills home in California on February 19, 2020.
“A group of people, including one wearing a mask and armed with a handgun, burst into a posh Hollywood Hills home early Wednesday and fatally shot up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke,” a police officer tells a news portal.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives are still trying to find out the motive of the shooting.
“There is a lot of information available. We have some work to do.” LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet tells a leading daily.
“Officers responded after someone calling from the East Coast reported that several people had entered their friend’s home shortly before 5 a.m.,” LAPD Capt. Steve Lurie tells a news portal.
A news portal reports that when police officer arrived at Pop Smoke’s $2.5-million home in the 2000 block of Hercules Drive they found the rapper with gunshot wounds after which he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to reports by a news portal, at least four suspects fled the scene and haven’t been found as yet.
Investigators apparently suspect the home was targeted by the assailant and musicians houses in LA have been the target of several home invasions over the years and Pop Smoke may have unintentionally shared his home address on social media according to reports.
Pop Smoke was allegedly a part of the Crips street gang, and detectives suspect the assailants could be gang members.
Detectives and the investigators are thoroughly checking the security cameras throughout the neighborhood searching for clues and a possible getaway car.
The Hollywood Hills home is owned by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp and husband Edwin Arroyave.
Mellencamp wrote on Instagram, “Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life.”
The shocking news comes days after Pop Smoke released his second mixtape Meet the Woo 2 that went on to debut at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 list.
Pop Smoke was signed to Republic Records whose spokesperson said, “We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together.”
Rapper Nicki Minaj wrote, “The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop.”