Over a year after Pop Smoke’s shooting death, new details have emerged about the events surrounding his tragic passing. On Thursday (May 6), a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department testified at the preliminary hearing for Corey Walker, one of the four suspects charged in the rapper’s death.
via: Daily News
Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was taking a shower at an Airbnb in Los Angeles last year when masked men stormed through the curtains of a second-story balcony, an LAPD detective testified Thursday.
One intruder allegedly pressed a black semiautomatic firearm to the forehead of a woman who was with the Canarsie-bred entertainer in his bedroom that night while the others rushed into the adjoining bathroom, Det. Christian Carrasco said.
“Shut the f–k up. Do you want to die?” the heavily armed home invader allegedly shouted at the woman, the investigator said.
Carrasco was the first person to take the witness stand at the preliminary hearing for Corey Walker in Los Angeles that will decide whether the sole adult suspect in the case proceeds to trial.
Walker, 20, has been charged with murder and robbery in the Feb. 19, 2020 slaying of the popular entertainer, who was born Bashar Barakah Jackson. He has pleaded not guilty and appeared in court Thursday wearing an orange jail uniform and medical mask.
The woman who was with Pop Smoke the day he died spoke to police hours after the rapper was fatally shot in the torso during the 4 a.m. home invasion at the rented mansion in the Hollywood Hills, Carrasco said.
“She heard a struggle coming from the shower area and heard Mr. Jackson screaming. Mr. Jackson ran out of the bathroom and then she heard a loud pop and [heard] Mr. Jackson fall to the ground,” the detective said.
“Two other individuals began to kick him,” Carrasco said, citing the woman’s testimony.
Upon hearing her son was kicked, Jackson’s mother Audrey Jackson, who was present in the courtroom, shook her head and leaned forward, visibly upset.
She stared intently at Walker as the detective continued to describe what the witness claimed happened next.
“Mr. Jackson gets up and run downstairs. She hears two more pops,” the detective said on the witness stand. “She follows Mr. Jackson, sees him on the ground and screams for Michael (Durodola) to call 911.”
The woman told police she believed the men stole Jackson’s “large gold watch” and other jewelry before fleeing.
A second LAPD detective testified Thursday that the license plate of the Infinity caught on surveillance video delivering the suspects to the scene traced back to Walker.
Det. Frank Flores said Walker had purchased the car from a seller and been stopped in it for an unrelated matter prior to the murder.
Pop Smoke was a fast-rising rap star known for his raspy voice and trap-influenced beats when he died at age 20, just weeks away from finishing his debut studio album.
Doctors rushed Jackson into a major surgery called a “left thoracotomy,” but he suffered a “rapid” decline and couldn’t be saved, his death certificate said.
Law enforcement sources previously said four suspects wearing hoodies were captured on surveillance video at the multimillion-dollar house that had a back staircase leading from the main bedroom down to the pool area.
Pop Smoke had posted images on social media shortly before the shooting showing both the rental home’s address and a large amount of cash.
After the murder, 50 Cent stepped in to finish Pop Smoke’s album for Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records.
When “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” dropped in July, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with fellow rap stars Roddy Ricch, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Future, Quavo and Swae Lee listed as guest performers.
The other three suspects in the case were all juveniles at the time of Pop’s death, the judge previously ruled, and are also charged with murder and robbery. If convicted, Walker could face the death penalty.