Po­lice: 5 ar­rested in death of Pop Smoke

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LOS ANGELES — Three men and two ju­ve­niles have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the Fe­bru­ary home-in­va­sion death of ris­ing rap­per Pop Smoke in Los Angeles, po­lice said Thurs­day.

The 20-year-old New York rap­per whose le­gal name is Bashar Barakah Jack­son was killed Feb. 19 at a home in the Hol­ly­wood Hills. A 911 call from a friend of some­one in the house re­ported armed in­trud­ers in­side the home, po­lice pre­vi­ously said.

Po­lice an­nounced the ar­rests Thurs­day on Twit­ter. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Author­i­ties did not ini­tially be­lieve the rap­per’s death was re­lated to a rob­bery. The home where the shoot­ing oc­curred is owned by Ed­win Ar­roy­ave and his wife Teddi Mel­len­camp, daugh­ter of Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer John Mel­len­camp and a star of “The Real Housewives of Bev­erly Hills.”

Teddi Mel­len­camp pre­vi­ously said on In­sta­gram that the cou­ple had been no­ti­fied of the shoot­ing at their rental prop­erty but knew no more than what they had seen in me­dia re­ports.

Pop Smoke ar­rived on the rap scene in 2018 and broke out with “Wel­come to the Party” a gangsta an­them with boasts about shoot­ings, killings and drugs that be­came a huge sen­sa­tion, and prompted Nicki Mi­naj to drop a verse on a remix.

Ear­lier this year, he re­leased the al­bum “Meet the Woo 2,” which de­buted at No. 7 on the Bill­board Top 200 al­bums chart. It was the fol­low up to his first of­fi­cial re­lease,” Meet the Woo.” He also had the pop­u­lar hit “Gatti” with Travis Scott and Jack­boys and “Dior.”

Pop Smoke had been sched­uled to start a U.S. tour in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., on March 2.

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