Pop Smoke dead: rapper, 20, tragically murdered in home invasion
19 February 2020, 15:48 | Updated: 19 February 2020, 15:51
The rapper was reportedly announced dead after being rushed to hospital.
Pop Smoke has tragically been shot and killed in what appears to be a home invasion robbery, TMZ reports.
The rising rapper, aged just 20 years old, was at his home in the Hollywood Hills, California at 4:30am this morning (19 Feb) when two men wearing masks and hoodies broke into his house, the publication claim law enforcements say.
The two suspects reportedly fired multiple shots, "striking and critically wounding" Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson. The men reportedly fled on foot.
There was some sort of party or gathering at the house prior to the shooting, but shooters' motive behind turning up at the house remains unclear, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Jackson was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood after the incident. He was pronounced dead shortly after.
The report states that the two suspects have not yet been caught, nor identified. It is not clear if Jackson knew the suspects. A man was handcuffed after the incident, but police determined he wasn't involved and was then released.
This is a developing story.
Musicians have paid tribute to the young rapper, whose biggest hits include 'Welcome To The Party', 'Dior' and 'Gatti' with Travis Scott.
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it sucks having to write this broski... you was about to have the year of your life! too much hate in this world right now. you showed niggas mad love and its rare you linkup with someone through music you really fuck with. my flight was booked to come link you fam! 😢 rest in peace woo the wave won’t die. sending love and prayers to your family right now ♥️💫🥀
RIP POP SMOKE. Rap game fucked up man. Kid was 20. Kmt. 🌹— Chip (@OfficialChip) February 19, 2020
Damn this so shit fuckin wack. You made the whole city proud. RIP Pop Smoke— Bas (@Bas) February 19, 2020
RIP pop smoke .. that shits crazy man— #SMOKE 💨💨💨 (@BigTobzsf) February 19, 2020