Bashar "Pop Smoke" Jackson, 20
Bashar Jackson, a 20-year-old man also known as the rapper Pop Smoke, was shot and killed Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the 2000 block of Hercules Drive in the Hollywood Hills, according to law enforcement and Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s records.
About 5 a.m., police responded to a home in the area after a person called from the East Coast to report that several people, including one wearing a mask and armed with a handgun, had burst into the property, police said.
Officers found Jackson wounded by gunfire. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
At least four people fled the scene, and authorities say they have not been found.
Investigators suspect the home where the up-and-coming rapper was staying was targeted by the assailants. In recent years, Los Angeles residences being rented by musicians have been the target of several home invasions, according to law enforcement sources.
Investigators are aware that the rapper, or a member of his entourage, may have inadvertently posted an image with the home’s address on social media, the sources said.
Photos and videos on Pop Smoke’s Instagram story showed him in L.A. getting a haircut the day before, and posing by the infinity pool in the backyard of the Hollywood Hills home where he was staying.
The rapper’s death came days after his second mixtape, “Meet the Woo 2,” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 list. His breakthrough mixtape, “Meet the Woo,” released last year, has 280 million streams globally.
Pop Smoke was signed to Republic Records through Victor Victor Worldwide, according to the label.
“We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke,” a Republic Records spokesperson said. “Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together.”
Times staff writer August Brown contributed to this report.