The Los Angeles Police Department Thursday announced the arrests of three men and two male juveniles in connection with the Feb. 19 shooting death of Bashar Jackson, a New York-based rapper known as Pop Smoke.
Details of the arrests were not immediately released.
Jackson, 20, was found when officers went to 2033 Hercules Drive in the Hollywood Hills about 4 a.m. Feb. 19 in response to a 911 call. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
LAPD Capt. Steve Lurie said the 911 call came from someone on the East Coast who “stated a friend of theirs home was being broken into by multiple suspects, and that one of them was armed with a handgun.”
“When officers arrived there approximately six minutes later, they discovered a victim inside the house had been shot,” Lurie said. “They called the fire department, who arrived and transported that victim to Cedars-Sinai, where he was pronounced dead.”
The suspects were wearing masks and were last seen running from the home and possibly getting into a nearby vehicle.
Officers detained several people who were inside the house, according to Lurie, but “all of those folks were released. … No one was arrested at the scene.” He said various witness statements indicated that between two and six suspects were involved in the break-in.
Pop Smoke released an album in July 2019, and one of the songs, “Welcome to the Party,” was considered by many the song of the summer. Nicki Minaj did a remix of the song a few months later.
The rapper also collaborated with Travis Scott on a song called “Gatti.”
According to various media reports, the up-and-coming New York rapper posted photos earlier on Feb. 19 or late on Feb. 18 from a party at the home, even revealing the address. According to TMZ, one of the photos showed a person holding a large sum of money.
Police did not offer a motive for the shooting and an LAPD statement at the time did not indicate the shooting occurred during the commission of a home invasion robbery.
Property records indicate the home where the shooting took place is owned by Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave — who appears on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and is the daughter of musician John Mellencamp — and her husband, Edwin Arroyave.
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