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BREAKING: Rapper Pop Smoke Reportedly Shot & Killed During Home Invasion, No Suspects At This Time

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In horrible news, "Welcome to the Party" rapper Pop Smoke was reportedly shot and killed just hours ago inside a home in the Hollywood Hills. The full story, as well as his friends' heartfelt reactions, inside.


Panamanian & Brooklyn-born rapper Pop Smoke - real name Bashar Barakah Jackson - was killed during a home invasion this morning inside a house on Hercules Drive in the Hollywood Hill, according to TMZ.

Authorities told the site that there was a party or gathering at the house prior to the shooting.  Pop Smoke also posted pics and video from the home on the day of the shooting, and he also - likely accidentally - showed his address while showing off the new clothes he was sent to the house.  Neither the shooter(s), nor the motives, are known at this time.

Local media first reported a shooting at the 3,000 sqft home around 4:30am PST, stating that one man was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  NBC Los Angeles said the victim later died at a hospital. The news also revealed that the 9-1-1 call came from someone on the east coast - a friend of someone inside the house.

Police said the 911 call came from the East Coast from a friend of someone who was inside the residence. Police did not provide more details regarding the call.

Los Angeles police did not immediately confirm the victim's identity.

No arrests were reported early Wednesday. Several people were questioned at the scene in the Mount Olympus area. Up to six people are sought in connection with the slaying, police said.

It was not immediately clear whether anything was taken during the home invasion.

The 20-year-old "Drive The Boat" rapper was renting the home from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star, and John Mellancamp's daughter, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, who posted about the fatal invasion:

Pop Smoke was definitely on the come up. His album Meet The Woo, V.2 hit #7 on the Billboard chart just yesterday, "Welcome To The Party" - with a Nicki Minaj remix assist - was the song of last summer and is on constant rotation on the radio, and he garners over 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

He posted his last post on his Instagram feed several hours before the shooting:

He was also booked for upcoming festivals like Pharrell's Something In The Water festival in April, Rolling Loud in May, and his Meet The Wu tour that was set to kick off March 2nd. He's been performing for thousands of fans at multiple concerts, including one in Brooklyn - the Drip Concert - just this past Sunday.


Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Justine Skye, Jason Mitchell and more have posted their shock and feelings about Pop Smoke's tragic death as well:

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Seriously I think I’m bout to start speaking out on shit and holding some nigga meetings because I’m over it.. we already got the police to worry about and just being black to worry about.. but black men we are the fucking worst at times.. we can’t communicate and we kill the fuck outta each other.. niggas can’t have shit.. and 92% of the time it’s the niggas closest to you who do this type of bullshit.. this man was 20.. granted a lot of people do die before that age and most of the youngers are the ones doing it but his life ain’t even start yet.. idk if he even got to have kids.. niggas really need to just stop hating and get some money.. or at least be a man and ask for some fucking help.. check yourself and your surroundings.. and be an example.. otherwise just shut the fuck up.. #mybad #impissed #rippopsmoke

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Mike Dee - Pop Smoke's friend who was with him hours before he was murdered - deleted all of the pictures on his IG account and responded to people who have been accusing him of having something to do with his friend's murder: 



Our prayers and condolences go out to Bashar's family and loved ones at this time.

Photo: Pop Smoke's IG

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