Police Believe Pop Smoke Murder Was a Targeted Hit, Not a Robbery As Initially Reported

The homicide of up and coming rapper Pop Smoke could not have been a theft gone flawed as initially believed, however the truth is, a focused hit.

According to TMZ, police now consider the 20-year-old rapper was deliberately murdered in his Hollywood Hills, California Airbnb on Wednesday (Feb. 19) morning.

Police started to consider the homicide was a focused hit after reviewing surveillance footage from the rented residence.

The footage exhibits 4 males coming into the house round 4:30 am and exiting with no stolen objects.

TMZ experiences:

People who’ve seen the surveillance footage from exterior the Hollywood Hills residence the place Pop was killed Wednesday morning inform us … you see Four males method the house at round 4:30 AM and sneak round again.

A pair minutes move earlier than three of the Four stroll again up the facet of the house to the entrance. The 4th apparently walked within the backdoor however no digicam was skilled on it. The subsequent time you see the person, he exits by the entrance door of the home.

…But, right here’s the factor. The of us who’ve seen the surveillance video inform us the individual inside the home — presumably the shooter — didn’t carry something out. Given that he shot somebody, it’s uncertain he would take the time to stuff objects in his pocket.

Multiple pictures had been fired within the residence and so they solely hit Pop Smoke. The rapper was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center the place he was pronounced lifeless.

It was initially reported that the taking pictures was the results of an tried theft after two males carrying hoodies and ski masks entered the house.

Adding to the preliminary theft angle, earlier within the day, Pop Smoke had posted a picture of a number of items together with his deal with on them. He had additionally posted a picture of himself and his good friend holding a massive amount of money.

Police additionally say the rapper had thrown a get together on the residence someday earlier than the taking pictures.

The investigation into the homicide is ongoing. Police haven’t named or arrested any suspects.

Pop Smoke, identified for his hit single “Welcome to the Party,” was a rising rapper whose mixtape Meet the Woo, V.2 debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 this week.

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