5 arrested in death of rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles

Arrests made in death of rapper Pop Smoke


Arrests made in death of rapper Pop Smoke

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Police say three men and two teen boys have been arrested in connection with the February slaying of rapper Pop Smoke in California. Los Angeles police reported Thursday that the five suspects were taken into custody related to the murder of the 20-year-old whose real name is Bashar Jackson.

As CBS Los Angeles reports, no further details were immediately confirmed and no names were released. “We will provide further details as they become available,” the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted.

LAPD Detectives have arrested three adult males & two juvenile males related to the Feb 19th murder of Bashar Jackson, a New York based rapper known as Pop Smoke. We will provide further details as they become available.

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 9, 2020

Jackson was shot and killed in the early morning hours of February 19 inside a rental home in Hollywood Hills, a Los Angeles neighborhood. City police officers found Jackson with gunshot wounds after responding to a 911 call that came from the East Coast. The caller said several suspects had broken into the home, and at least one was armed with a handgun.

Officers rushed Jackson to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he later died.

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Pop Smoke performs during the Astroworld Festival at NRG Stadium on November 9, 2019, in Houston, Texas. 

SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty


The home where the shooting occurred was owned by “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Teddi Mellencamp, daughter of musician John Mellencamp.

Pop Smoke’s debut album, “Shoot For the Moon, Aim For The Stars,” was posthumously released on July 3. The album features an array of popular artists, including 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch, Quavo, Tyga and Karol G.

Amalia Nunez contributed to this report.

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