Arrests Made in Connection with Pop Smoke’s Murder


Several arrests have been made in connection with Pop Smoke’s murder.

According to TMZ, the Los Angeles Police Department served multiple search warrants around L.A. early Thursday morning, and five people were arrested on warrants in connection to the rapper’s murder.

Three adults and two juveniles were arrested. It’s unclear what the suspects are being charged with, but all five will reportedly be interviewed by police before being booked.

“We are confident we have the five individuals responsible for the killing of Bashar Jackson — Pop Smoke,” LAPD Capt. Jon Tippet told the Los Angeles Times.

The arrests come nearly five months after the Brooklyn rapper was shot and killed. Four masked men entered his rented Hollywood Hills home on the morning of Feb. 19 and fired multiple shots, fatally wounding the 20-year-old rapper, who was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said the assailants did not know the rapper personally, and may have discovered his location after he inadvertently posted an image with the home’s address on Instagram. “We believe that Pop Smoke posted his location on social media and that is how they found him,” said Tippet.

Tippet said the people in custody are associated with a Los Angeles gang. Pop had previously been tied to the Crips and detectives suspected his killers were gang members.

On Friday, Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon was released featuring 50 Cent, Quavo, Lil Baby, DaBaby, Swae Lee, Future, Tyga, and more. It is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 210-230,000 equivalent album units.