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Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed Wednesday morning when a number of masked men broke into his Hollywood Hills home.
Born Bashar Jackson from Canarsie, Brooklyn, the musician was 20.
The call for the shooting was placed around 4:30 a.m. at 2033 Hercules Drive in Mount Olympus, Los Angeles police said. The 911 call came from a friend of the victim.
Multiple people were in the home when the shooting took place, police said, noting that homicide detectives are interviewing a number of witnesses.
The unknown number of suspects were wearing masks and fled on foot, police said. A motive is not currently known. The investigation is ongoing.
The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital. There were no other injuries.
“We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of @POPSMOKE10 . Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together,” the rapper’s label, Republic Records, said via Twitter.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp, who owns the home that was being rented to the artist, released a statement on the situation.
“Early this am we were informed by a 3rd party leasing and management company overseeing a rental home we own in Los Angeles that a shooting had taken place at the property,” she said in an Instagram post. “Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life. We aren’t aware of any of the details beyond what we’ve been told or seen reported on the news and at this time we would like to refrain from commenting further as we wish for the focus to remain on the law enforcement officers who are diligently doing their jobs.”
Fellow artists paid tribute to the slain rapper via social media.
Nicki Minaj, who worked with Pop Smoke on the gritty “Welcome to the Party” remix back in August, wrote, “The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop.”
Chance the Rapper said via Twitter, “Rest Up Pop Smoke, you were too young. God Bless and comfort your family. What a crazy trajectory you were on man smh.”
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