Authorities think rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-intrusion theft in February after his online posts led five suspects on the house he was leasing, police said after analysts captured the gathering Thursday morning.
Los Angeles police had at first limited a theft hypothesis in the days after the 20-year-old rapper's passing Feb. 19 at a home in the Hollywood Hills. Pop Smoke's lawful name is Bashar Barakah Jackson.
Capt. Jonathan Tippet, who supervises the Los Angeles Police Department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division, said three men and two young men likely went to the home since they realized Pop Smoke was there from online posts. They took things from the home, however, Tippet said he was unable to unveil what was taken. The youngsters were 15 and 17 years of age.
“We believe that it was a robbery. Initially, we didn’t really have the evidence but then we discovered some other evidence that showed this was likely a home invasion gone bad,” Tippet told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The five suspects were captured Thursday morning as investigators served a few court orders in Los Angeles. All are accepted to be individuals from a South Los Angeles group, which Tippet would not name, and probably some of them are accepted to be connected to a 2019 crime when a fight took place into a shooting outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Pop Smoke and his company remaining at the house are not believed to be related to the gang, Tippet said. Nobody else was shot during the episode.