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5 suspects were arrested in the February murder of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the arrests of 3 adults and 2 juveniles on Thursday.

The 5 were booked into jail and are undergoing interrogations.

The 20-year-old rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, was gunned down during a home invasion at his rental property in the Hollywood Hills on Feb. 19.

Jackson grew up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY, where he attended church and sang in the choir as a youth.

When he was 15 he won a scholarship to play basketball at a Philadelphia prep school, but he only stayed for a brief period.

Jackson began his recording career in 2018 with his breakout hit "Welcome to the Party," a gangsta anthem that featured Nicki Minaj on the remix.

In a Genius interview, he explained the origin of his stage name Pop Smoke is a combination of Poppa (a nickname given to him by his Panamanian grandmother) and Smoke, a nickname given to him by friends.

His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was posthumously released on July 3.

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Atlanta police released video of a person of interest in the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner on Saturday.

Video footage shows a Black male wearing a white v-neck t-shirt and dark jeans and carrying an AR-15 automatic rifle. The rifle is equipped with a tan bump stock and tan grip.

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"I'm confident that somebody knows the name of this man, and with a simple phone call an individual could earn a $20,000 reward being offered through Atlanta CrimeStoppers," Lieutenant Pete Malecki said on Tuesday.
 

Malecki said the suspect is one of three males wanted in connection with Secoriea's murder.

Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend on June 12 when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in Southwest Atlanta.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoriea's killer on Sunday night.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."
 

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NYPD investigators are trying to determine wether the shooting deaths of two rappers were in retaliation for the drive-by shooting of Anthony Robinson, 29, on Sunday in the Bronx.

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U.S.-based Ghanian rapper Jay Gunz (pictured) was among 3 males shot by two gunmen in the hallway of an apartment building in the Bronx over the weekend.

Graphic surveillance video captured two unidentified Black males shooting at the three terrified victims as they crouched down outside a locked apartment door around 8 p.m.

WARNING: Video contains graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

Gunz, real name Joel Baba, 22, and another Ghanian rapper, Eghosa "Eno" Imafidon, 23, were pronounced dead. A third man, Mohammed Baba, 29, is recovering from gunshot wounds at a Bronx hospital.

The shooting occurred at 306 East 171 street on Sunday, not far from where Robinson was killed as he crossed a street while holding his 6-year-old daughter's hand.

Robinson was gunned down at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and East 170th Street - four blocks from the building where Baba and Imafadon were killed just 2 hours later.

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Robinson and the three victims were reportedly members of African gangs in the Bronx.

According to Ghanaweb.com, Jay Gunz's mother, who is from Sekondi, owns a popular store in the Bronx, and provided a good living for her children.

49 people were shot and 8 killed in New York City's deadliest 4th of July weekend in decades.

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A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who shot a Bronx dad in broad daylight as he held his 6-year-old daughter's hand.

Graphic CCTV video shows the moment when Anthony Robinson was shot as he used his body to shield his young daughter when a gunman fired from inside a car.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. on July 5 at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and East 170th Street in the Bronx.

The video shows Robinson, 29, crossing the street with his daughter by his side. He turned to shield his daughter when a man opened fire from a sedan that pulled alongside them.

Someone inside the car said something to him, according to his daughter. Seconds later, shots rang out and Robinson fell to the pavement as his terrified daughter ran away.

Robinson was hit multiple times, according to the NY Post.

Robinson's murder was one of 8 in New York City's deadly 4th of July holiday weekend. There were 49 shootings over the weekend, the NY Post reports.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or DM @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Rickey Smiley pulled himself together to host his syndicated radio show on Monday morning, hours after his youngest daughter Aaryn Smiley was shot multiple times in Texas.

Aaryn was shot three times at a fast food restaurant in Houston on Sunday. Rickey fought back tears as he explained that he was in the process of booking a flight to Houston to see his daughter, who is recovering in a hospital.

"All the stuff these people trying to do to fight for the rights of Black people. This is no discredit to Black Lives Matter because I believe that and I'm with that movement 110% and one has nothing to do with the other, but there are some criminals in our community that someone needs to do something about," Rickey said.

He continued: "I just pray. I'm sitting up here a gunshot victim myself and I'm still up here fighting and praying for the rights of Black people and all of the parents that had to bury their loved ones due to gun violence in our own community by our own people. Absolutely disgusting."

The news comes as 31 people were shot and 5 killed during a weekend of violence in Atlanta. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is based in Atlanta.
 

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22-year-old male-to-female trans Merci Mack is the 4th trans person killed during Pride month, and the 19th trans person to die a violent death in 2020.

Mack was found in a Dallas parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on Jun 30. There were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, and police have no suspects in the murder.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 5 a.m., but apparently did not call 911. A passerby who found Mack unconscious did call 911 around 6:15 a.m. but Mack was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spoke with Mack's family, who used Mack's birth name, Richey. Police said they have "not been provided with a preferred name at this time."

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Mack's murder follows the death of 17-year-old Brayla Stone (pictured) who was found dead in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas last week.

A man claiming to be the murderer bragged on social media that he was paid $5,000 for the hit.

Riah Milton was shot and killed during an armed robbery attempt in Ohio. Police arrested three people in connection with that murder.

All three transgenders were presumed to be sex workers. These types of deaths usually go unreported in the news media because the police "misgender" the victims.

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Police reclaimed the area of downtown Seattle, formerly known as CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone) early Wednesday.

Around 5 a.m., police moved in to dismantle the area around the East Precinct 29 days after Black Lives Matter activists took over six city blocks and chased the police out.

Six people - all Black - were shot by CHOP zone "security" forces over the past 2 weeks. Two Black teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were killed by CHOP security.

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City workers used heavy machinery to clear out barricades, tents, sofas, armchairs and other junk from the area. They removed tons of trash.

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BLM activists were rousted out of their sleep by police who ordered them to evacuate their tents in Cal Anderson Park. 23 arrests were made when some activists refused to leave.

Police tweeted anyone who remains in the area or returns to it will be subject to arrest.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan, who initially supported the protesters, signed an executive order allowing police to clear the CHOP zone and arrest protesters if necessary.

"Due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area, Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to vacate the area. Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor's order," the Seattle Police Department tweeted on Wednesday.

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"As I have said, and I will say again, I support peaceful demonstrations. Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community.?But enough is enough," she said.

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CHOP was previously called CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone), but the name was changed after the shootings began and police and paramedics refused to enter the autonomous zone to treat the wounded.

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A Black teenager driving through Seattle's notorious occupied "CHOP" zone was shot and killed by protesters who claim the teen shot at them first.

The driver of the white Jeep, a 16-year-old boy, was killed during the shooting. A 14-year-old passenger was also shot. The boy, who is also Black, was rushed to a hospital by bystanders. He is reportedly in critical condition.

The CHOP zone protesters said occupants of the white Jeep fired on them so they returned fire. But witnesses say they targeted the wrong vehicle.

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911 callers said several people fired into the Jeep. Cellphone video of the 3 a.m. incident shows a man in the CHOP zone yelling "You're not dead yet?"

The heavily armed CHOP security guards claim they were fired on by the teenagers. But police secured the Jeep and found no weapons. Police say there is evidence the Jeep had been "disturbed."

The latest murder comes a week after a 19-year-old Black man was fatally shot and another Black man was wounded by gunfire in the CHOP zone, an occupied area of about 3 city blocks in downtown Seattle.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson (pictured above) cried as he spoke to reporters about his son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., who was killed earlier this month by CHOP forces.

Seattle's police chief Carmen Best now says "enough is enough."

"Two African American men are dead, at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter. But they're gone, they're dead now,” the police chief told reporters.

Mayor Jenny Durkan, who previously praised the protesters, said last week that the city would dismantle the CHOP zone after last week's killing.

But city workers were prevented from removing barricades by armed CHOP forces.
 

 

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A Chicago man is in police custody charged with the murders of two teenagers who reportedly asked him how tall he was, police say.

Laroy Battle, 19, gunned down Jasean Francis, 17, and Charles Riley, 16, in an alleyway behind a convenience store around 5 p.m. on June 20.

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Both teens were rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center where they were pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Riley was struck in the back and left leg and Francis was shot in the back, chest and left hand. A third teenager fled and was not shot.

The surviving teen told police he and his 2 friends did not know Battle. He said after the teens asked him how tall he was inside the convenience store, Battle followed them out of the store and fired nine rounds at them.

Battle was arrested after community members identified him in surveillance video released by the police. According to his booking sheet, Battle is 6-foot-3.

"To the community members who stepped forward with information — thank you. Detectives were able to quickly identify Battle, but it was the help we received from the community that led to his arrest," Chicago Police tweeted.

Francis and Riley were among 104 people shot in Chicago over Father's Day weekend.
 

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43 people were wounded and 13 killed, including a 1-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl, in weekend shootings in Chicago.

One-year-old Sincere Gaston was shot near Halsted and 60th in Englewood around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Chicago police said a 22-year-old mother was driving home from the laundromat when another car pulled alongside her vehicle and someone inside fired at least seven shots at her.

The woman was grazed by a bullet, but her infant son, who was strapped into his carseat in the back, was shot in the chest.

The frantic mom drove her mortally wounded son to St. Bernard Hospital, where Sincere was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The young mom was transferred to another hospital to treat her injury, but she was reluctant to leave her deceased child behind.

"She didn't even want to go and get her wound taken care because she didn't want to leave where her child was," Pastor Donovan Price told ABC7 News.

"I just want to sit on the curb and cry," added Pastor Price.

Police believe the young mom was targeted by the gunman.

"I don't think it was random because of the amount of times it was fired upon," said Chicago Police Chief of Operations Fred Waller.

Elsewhere in Chicago, a 10-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet in her Logan Square home.

Lina Nunez was sitting on a sofa in her family's apartment about 9:40 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue when a stray bullet came through a window and struck her in the head, CBS Chicago reports.

"It's unacceptable, it's crazy, it's immoral," said Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor at St. Sabina Parish in Chicago. "And this whole city should be outraged. We're burying our babies. We're buying our future. We're burying our hope."

The fatal shootings come after 104 people were shot and 13 killed, including a 3-year-old boy, over Father's Day weekend.

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Mekhi James was in his carseat on his way home from getting a haircut when he was shot and killed on Saturday.

A $13,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his killer.

"You can only run for so long until somebody gives us that information or gives us a call," community activist Andrew Holmes said.

"When is this going to stop?" Police Chief Waller asked. "When are we going to say enough is enough?"

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the ongoing violence on Twitter.com on Saturday.

"As a mother, I am tired of the funerals. I am tired of burying our children," Lightfoot tweeted.

"We all have a role in this fight for the safety of our communities," Lightfoot said. "I ask that anyone with information on these incidents please come forward or submit a tip anonymously at http://cpdtip.com."

The mayor also clapped back at President Trump who compared her city to "living in hell."

The president wrote a letter to Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot criticizing them for their "lack of leadership".

Lightfoot dismissed Trump's letter as a "stunt", saying, "I don't need leadership lessons from Donald Trump."
 

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The mother of a 13-year-old shooting victim in Chicago says the police didn't kill her daughter.

104 people were shot in Chicago over the Father's Day weekend. 13 people died, including Amaria Jones, who has emerged as the face of the carnage.

Amaria was showing her mother, Lawanda Jones, a TikTok dance when a stray bullet passed through a "Chicago Lives Matter" sign and struck her daughter in their home last Saturday.

Jones told a CBS affiliate news station, "I turned around and I was looking for her and she was on the ground reaching out like this, holding her neck. I was like, what?! What?! What?!"

Her daughter's death led Jones to condemn the violence in her city.

"They talk about the police killing - killing our citizens. They're killing each other off," Jones told CBS 2. "Our kids are not safe no more. Period. You can't sit on your porch. You can't even be in your own house. You'll get killed."

Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were also shot during the same drive-by incident in Amaria's home in a middle class neighborhood. They are expected to survive their injuries.

Jones said, "To the other parents whose kids got shot — my heart goes out to them too, because don’t nobody know what it’s like unless you are in these shoes, to lose a child. You might sympathize with us, but you ain’t going to feel the pain until it actually happens."
 

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A Georgia man is charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Haley Hutcheson early Sunday.

William Marcus Wilson turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his attorney, who said Wilson was protecting his girlfriend when the fatal shot was fired.

The 21-year-old told police he was out with his girlfriend around midnight in Sharpsburg, GA, when they encountered a group of white teens who called them racial

Sharpsburg is located about 40 miles south of Atlanta. Georgia is a Stand Your Ground state.

After Wilson and his girlfriend decided to leave, the teens followed them, driving behind him and screaming racial slurs while playing music from the thriller movie "The Purge."

When the other group tried to drive them off the road, Wilson fired a warning shot, striking Haley Hutcheson, one of the people in the truck, according to a Change.org petition.

Statesboro Police Department later issued a warrant for Wilson's arrest "after detailed investigative work, forensic findings, and tips from civilians," according to The Statesboro Herald.

Wilson is charged with one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault in Hutcheson's shooting death.

"This investigation benefited tremendously from information provided to detectives by persons in the community," Capt. Jared Akins said. "As with most cases, the public's cooperation was a vital element in ensuring a timely resolution to this homicide."

Wilson is currently being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.

Wilson's family created a petition to call attention to Wilson's case and make sure he receives a fair trial.

Update: Hutcheson's mother, Allison, posted this anguished message on social media.

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Update: Haley's sister, Brianna, commented that Alison is Haley's stepmother, and didn't really know Haley. She also asked why the boys in the truck weren't charged.

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Former NBA star Nick Young, aka "Swaggy P," commented on the fatal shooting of a male-to-female transgender by a Chicago teenager.

Orlando Perez, 18, confessed to shooting 37-year-old Selena Reyes-Hernandez in the head and back on May 31. Perez told police he panicked when he learned Reyes-Hernandez was a biological male.

"Once the offender realized that this victim was actually transgender, the offender became very upset," said Brendan Deenihan, chief of detectives for Chicago police, at a press conference Wednesday. "He left the residence, became more upset, and that's when he came back to the residence."

Perez was charged with murder in the first-degree. He stated he became "distraught" upon learning Reyes-Hernandez was an MtF trans. He confessed to shooting Reyes-Hernandez, then returning to the residence to shoot Reyes-Hernandez in the head and back.

"He thought that was enough so he ran out. But he kept seeing her face, so he went back there to do it again," Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said during Perez's bond hearing on Wednesday.

Perez was ordered held without bail at his bond hearing.

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Among the celebrities commenting on the tragic shooting was Young, who last played for the Denver Nuggets in 2018.

The 35-year-old took to social media to warn other MtF transgenders to be honest with their male hookups.

In a message screencapped by Hollywood Unlocked on Instagram, Young said:

"You never wanna see someone lose [their] life but You gotta let people know B4 hand... (TO ME) this situation always gonna lead to a fight or worse with any straight man you can't just say after y'all hook up and by the way I'm a MAN and pull out some nuts out.......... a man will go crazy."

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Louisiana rapper Hurricane Chris, real name Christoper Dooley Jr., was charged with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting early Friday, according to KTVE.

Dooley, 31, initially told police he shot an armed man in self-defense at a gas station at 1 a.m., but police later determined he made up the story.

The Shreveport Police Violent Crimes Unit arrested Dooley on Friday morning.

The victim had been shot multiple times and died later at a local hospital. Dooley claimed he shot the man in self-defense after an alleged struggle over a vehicle that he claimed was his.

Officers later viewed surveillance video that captured the shooting.

The footage led detectives to believe Dooley was not in fear for his life when he opened fire.

Dooley was 18 when his first single "A Bay Bay" dropped in 2007. It was also his only hit. The song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the rap chart.
 

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Hundreds gathered to pay their respects at a public visitation for retired St. Louis police Captain David Dorn, who was shot and killed by a looter during the George Floyd protests on June 2.

The line stretched for nearly 2 blocks as 500 people attended the viewing at Hopewell Baptist Church. Uniformed police officers were among those attending the viewing.

Dorn worked in law enforcement for 40 years before retiring in 2014. His wife still works for the St. Louis police department.

Family and friends gathered for Dorn's private funeral on Tuesday.

Dorn, 77, was killed while checking out a silent alarm at a friend's pawn shop during the peaceful protests. He was found outside Lee's Pawn and Jewelry shop with a gunshot wound in the upper torso.

Stephan Cannon, 24, was arrested and charged in his murder. Another suspect was charged with burglary and other offenses.

Cannon was convicted of armed robbery in 2014 but never served a day in prison for the crime.

"Based upon the diligent work of the police department, collaboration with the Circuit Attorney's Office, and the cooperation from the outraged community, we have issued charges for the tragic murder of former Captain David Dorn," said St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner in a statement on Sunday.