Pop Smoke was fatally shot during what is believed to be a home invasion robbery early hours of Wednesday, 19th February 2020 according to TMZ. He was 20-years-old.
Pop Smoke, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, until his sudden demise was at a residence in the Hollywood Hills area, around 4:30 a.m., several men are said to have broken into the home. According to law enforcement sources cited in the report, the men “fired multiple shots,” ultimately “critically wounding” Pop Smoke. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to reports, the suspects are reported to have left the scene on foot. Although they have not been identified. TMZ sources “familiar with the surveillance video” say “at least” four masked men in hoodies are seen entering the house 10 minutes after other intruders bolted shut the front entrance.
In an update shared later Wednesday, TMZ clarified that the home in question was owned by Edwin Arroyave, husband of Teddi Mellencamp. Arroyave owns several properties in the Los Angeles area. TMZ also reported that a “party or gathering” had occurred at the house earlier to the break-in.
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.
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.
A separate report from a regional NBC outlet revealed that a man was killed in a shooting early Wednesday at a home in Hollywood Hills. That report, however, stated that their team “has not confirmed details about the deceased individual’s identity.” Sources also told ABC 7 that “detectives determined [the shooting] was gang-related,” though no public announcements on that have been made by law enforcement officials. As many as six people are being sought in connection with the shooting.
An LAPD press conference was held later Wednesday, with Captain Steve Lurie, the commanding officer of the department’s Hollywood division, noting that only “preliminary information” was available at the moment. The original 911 call, he told reporters, came from “someone back east” who told police that his friend’s home was “being broken into by multiple suspects and that one of them was armed with a handgun.”
Police arrived on the scene approximately six minutes later, he added. Despite some reports stating the contrary, Lurie also confirmed that no one was arrested at the scene. Furthermore, he declined to confirm the identity of the victim, but said that witnesses to the fatal shooting were being interviewed by homicide detectives.
Republic Records confirmed the artiste’s death in a statement via twitter.
“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.”
— Republic Records (@RepublicRecords) February 19, 2020
After the news of Pop Smoke’s death broke, some people accused his friend Mike Dee, who reportedly posted the address of the Hollywood Hills home on social media. Some people went as far as to accuse Dee of setting his friend up. Dee is said to have edited the post shortly after. Dee later took to Instagram, where he denied all the allegations, and mourned the loss of his friend.
CANT NOTHING EXPRESS THE PAIN IM FEELING ….I JUST LOST MY FUCKING BROTHER, MY HEART MY DAWGZ💙YOU GUYS HAVE NO TYPE OF SENSE OR SYMPATHY ! YALL DONT KNO WHATS GOING ON YALL COME ON HERE PLAYING INVESTIGATOR AND BASHING ME ON THE INTERNET, I WOULD NEVER IN MY LIFE SET MY BROTHER UP, WE ATE TOGETHER , BROKE BREAD TOGETHER THIS REALLY MY MOTHER CHILD I DONT GOTTA EXPLAIN NOTHING TO NOBODY THAT DONT KNO ME BUT FOR THE ONES WHO KNOW ME KNOW WHEN YOU SAW ME YOU SAW POP 💯WE LIVE IN SUCH A FUCKED UP SOCIETY YALL GOTTA WAKE UP💡 JUST KNO I GOT YOU FOREVER BROTHER THE TRUTH WILL COME TO LIGHT UNTIL THEN SLEEP IN PEACE 😔😔😔…
Pop Smoke, whose 2019 single “Welcome to the Party” became a viral hit and got remixes from Skepta and Nicki Minaj, released the deluxe edition of his Meet the Woo Vol. 2 project earlier this month featuring Gunna, Nav, and PnB Rock. He also appeared on Travis Scott’s 2019 JACKBOYS comp cut “Gatti.”