Pop Smoke murder investigators arrest five, police confirm

Police have arrested five people over the murder of rapper Pop Smoke, it has been confirmed.

The Dior rapper was shot and killed in February at the age of 20 during a possible home invasion robbery at a Hollywood Hills property.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that arrests had been made almost five months later. 

They 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.’ 

The shooting is said to have taken place shortly before 4:30am on 19 February.

The men were reportedly seen fleeing the home on foot.

Despite being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Pop Smoke was pronounced dead.

LAPD’s Captain Steve Laurie said at a conference hours after the incident: ‘When officers arrived there approximately six minutes later, they discovered a victim inside the house had been shot.

‘They called the fire department who arrived and transported that victim to Cedars-Sinai hospital where he was pronounced dead some hours later.’

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Pop Smoke rose to prominence with his 2019 single, Welcome to the Party, which garnered attention thanks to several remixes from Skepta and Nicki Minaj.

Weeks before his death, the rapper released his second album – Meet The Woo 2 – which followed on from the Meet The Woo Vol. 1 mixtape and reached the Billboard 200 top 10 last week at number seven.

Pop Smoke’s first posthumous album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, was released on 3 July and was executive produced by 50 Cent.

It features collaborations with the likes of Tyga, Roddy Ricch, Quavo, Lil Baby, DaBaby and Swae Lee.

However, the original cover art – designed by OffWhite’s Virgil Abloh – was heavily criticised by fans who branded it ‘lazy’. It prompted 50 Cent to share dozens of artwork designed by fans after the rapper called for the designer to ‘get it right’.

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