Pop Smoke, an up and coming rapper, was shot and killed Wednesday (Feb. 19) morning in what appears to be a home invasion robbery, TMZ reports.
The rapper was at a home in the Hollywood Hills at around 4:30am when two men wearing hoodies and masks broke into a house, this according to law enforcement sources. Two men fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding Pop Smoke. The men were seen fleeing on foot.
According to TMZ, there was a party or gathering at the house prior to the shooting. It’s unclear what motive the shooters had in showing up at the house.
The home is owned by Teddi Mellencamp’s husband, Edwin Arroyave, who owns several homes in Los Angeles. It’s possible Pop Smoke was renting the property.
Pop Smoke was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead.
The suspects have not been caught and as far as we know they have not been identified. It’s unclear if Pop Smoke knew the shooters. One man was placed in handcuffs but cops determined he was not involved and was released.