20-year-old New York rapper Pop Smoke has been shot dead in a home invasion in Los Angeles earlier today.
Two masked and hooded men are reported to have attacked the rapper, regarded as one of the most promising talents in the US.
On Tuesday, Jackson had posed for Instagram photos holding stacks of money in a luxury SUV outside a house in Los Angeles. He had located himself in the city earlier in the day on his Instagram stories. A friend had also posted photos of the pair together outside the house with an address number visible, while Jackson himself had posted footage of bags with labels including his address, leading to fears that the house was subsequently targeted in a robbery.
The Los Angeles police responded to an emergency call at 4:20 this morning after masked gunmen broke into a house where Pop Smoke was staying.
He was transferred to a local hospital and pronounced dead when he arrived. It’s unclear if the break-in was a robbery, police said, or if anyone else was inside the house.