Pop Smoke's Murder Reportedly a 'Targeted Hit'

Thus far, no suspects have been publicly named.


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A new report on the tragic death of Pop Smoke citing sources who have seen the surveillance footage "from outside" the Hollywood Hills home where the shooting happened claims that it appears to have been a "targeted" incident, not a robbery.

TMZ reported early Thursday that the footage, which has not been made public, shows a group of four men approach the residence at around 4:30 that morning before making their way to the back. A few minutes later, three of the four suspects return to the front of the residence while the fourth man "apparently walked in the backdoor," though that person's entrance was reportedly not captured on camera. The next time that person is seen, it's when exiting through the residence’s front door.

The report further claims that multiple shots were ultimately fired inside, though only Pop Smoke was believed to have been hit. Noting that initial assumption that it was a robbery-related shooting was possibly due to the fact the residence's address had appeared in social media posts, TMZ said Thursday that their sources who have seen the surveillance footage claimed that "the person inside the house—presumably the shooter—did not carry anything out."

Police, meanwhile, continue their investigation. At the time of this writing, they had not released the names of any suspects, nor had they made any arrests.

"We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke," Republic Records, Pop Smoke's label, said in a statement on Wednesday. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together." Pop Smoke, whose Meet the Woo Vol. 2 was released earlier this month, was just 20 years old.


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