Rapper Pop Smoke shot and killed in Hollywood Hills, reports say

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Rapper Pop Smoke shot and killed in Hollywood Hills, reports say
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Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed in the Hollywood Hills, according to multiple reports.

Sources tell NBC News and Rolling Stone that the deadly shooting happened during a home invasion Wednesday morning.

Officers responded to 911 call around 4:20 a.m. after a masked gunman broke into a house where the performer was staying, a representative for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Rolling Stone.

Pop Smoke, born Bashar Jackson, was transported to an area hospital, where he was reportedly pronounced dead. The Brooklyn-born rapper was 20 years old.

There were between two to six suspects involved and at least one of them was wearing a black ski mask, the Los Angeles Police Department told reporters on scene. Several people were present at the time of the incident and are being interviewed by authorities, according to LAPD.

Investigators said information is preliminary and they are unsure if the incident was a targeted home invasion or robbery.

The rapper’s death came just days after the release of his new mixtape, “Meet the Woo 2,” which Rolling Stone says debuted in the Top Ten of its albums chart.

Jackson released his breakout hit “Welcome to the Party” in April of 2019. Rap star Nick Minaj, who was featured on a remix of the song, took to Instagram to pay her respects.

“The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop.” Wrote Minaj in a post.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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