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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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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.

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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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Ghislaine Maxwell collected a trove of sex tapes over the years that she plans to use in her defense of federal child sex trafficking charges.

The late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell last year, reportedly rigged his townhouse with 50+ cameras. He kept surveillance tapes of everyone in his home and everything that went on.

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Sources say world leaders, former and current presidents, Fortune 500 CEOs, and celebrities are on the tapes.

The former socialite from Great Britain plans to use her copies of Epstein's pedophile tapes as an insurance policy against federal charges, a friend told London's Daily Mail.

Maxwell, who was arrested last week at her million-dollar hideaway in New Hampshire, was transferred to a Brooklyn detention center on Monday.

She is on suicide watch while awaiting trial on four counts of sex-trafficking minors and two counts of perjury for allegedly acting as Epstein's madam to procure children.

"The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirreled away could end up being her get-out-of-jail card if the authorities are willing to trade," the source said. "She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers. If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her."

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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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31 people were shot and 5 killed in Atlanta over the weekend, including 8-year-old Secoreia Turner.

Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out shell of a Wendy's restaurant in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris thinks he knows who's responsible for the bloodshed on Atlanta's streets.

T.I. sparked controversy on Sunday with an Instagram post that seemed to suggest the Atlanta police were randomly shooting people and blaming Black Lives Matter activists.

The rapper, who fancies himself to be the modern day Malcolm X, posted a photo of an Atlanta police cruiser under the headline "4 killed, 22 people injured in 6 different shootings on 4th of July weekend, police say."

He captioned the post: "Think it's a game if u want to...."

The diminutive hip-hop star was criticized for his post. One IG usr wrote:

"Yeah it was the police that shot a 8yr old child... secoriea turner...man @troubleman31 get yo expoditously self out of here ...half them was caused by yo own people...cops may be killing yall and us other minorities( cause we havent been there).. but yo own kind is the reall kkk...blacks kills themselves off more than the kkk has every tried to in this current times." [sic]

 

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Chicago, NYC and Atlanta saw a rash of shootings over the holiday weekend. At least 74 Chicago residents were shot -- 17 fatally -- in one of the bloodiest 4th of July weekends in the city's history.

More than a dozen people were shot in Atlanta, including an 8-year-old girl who was killed by Black Lives Matter activists at the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks died last month.

8-year-old Secoriea Turner was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out shell of a Wendy's restaurant in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

Secoreia was shot when the driver of the car she was a passenger in made a u-turn to get around barricades set up by demonstrators to block the street, WSB-TV reported.

"At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help," police said in a statement.

Secoreia was pronounced dead at the hospital. She is the third Black child to die at the hands of BLM activists. Two Black teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were killed at an occupied zone in Seattle, Washington last month. Police have no suspects.

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoreia's killer on Sunday night, as angry residents called for her to resign.

"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."

Mayor Bottoms said there were at least 2 shooters. "I am just asking you to please honor this baby's life," Bottoms said. "If you know who did this, please turn them in. These people are a danger to all of us."

She said police will clear the occupied zone on University Avenue and protesters will be arrested if they resist.

"A the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended," Bottoms said on Sunday.

But residents say her actions are too little, too late. Atlanta has seen more than 75 shootings in the past 30 days.

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On Friday, July 3, Chicago Mayor detailed her crime prevention plans to prevent a third weekend of deadly shootings in her city.

"The best way to reduce violence is to prevent it from happening," CPD Supt. David Brown said Friday. "We will be targeting criminal networks that are the pipeline to violence in this city over this 4th of July weekend."

Lightfoot agreed with Brown's decision to sweep the children off the corners. Drug dealers routinely use children to sell their narcotics. But the ACLU criticized the mayor's plan to sweep the corners, saying the plan violated the children's rights.

"If any civil liberties group has a problem with people who are killing our people over drug spots, let's have a conversation because you need to have your attitude readjusted," Lightfoot said.

She told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday that crime occurs in neighborhoods where people lose hope, lacking access to jobs, health care and education.

Lightfoot also attacked President Trump for criticizing her response to the crime spree, saying Trump shows no leadership, and has never called her to ask what he can do to help.

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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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The New York City Council voted overnight to slash $1 billion from the NYPD's spending budget. The council voted 32-17 to cut the police budget just after midnight Wednesday.

The council vote came in response to demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the money will be transferred from the NYPD budget to fund youth organizations in the city.

$350 million that would have been allocated for schools safety will be transferred to other city agencies.

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De Blasio was reportedly angry that the NYPD leaked his daughter's arrest information to a news media outlet last month. He said the leak was a violation of his daughter, Chiara's privacy.

The budget cuts will trim the police force by 1,163 cops, which Mayor de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety or increase the crime wave the city is currently under.

Violent crime waves in the city have spiked, as murders, car theft, burglaries, and rapes are all up double digits since February.

"Today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today's budget agreement is one of necessity," Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote.

Occupy City Hall demonstrators and activists say the City Council's vote don't go far enough. They demand more police reforms.

"A $1 billion budget cut can't address the racism that runs rampant in the NYPD," said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

"We must send a clear message that it's not okay to kettle peaceful protesters, that it's not okay to place black and brown New Yorkers in a chokehold as they gasp for air."

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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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An 18-year-old has been charged in the "unprovoked" attack on a Macy's store manager in Flint Township, Michigan last weekend.

The Genesee County prosecutor announced the assault charge against Damire Palmer on Friday.

According to prosecutor David Leyton, Palmer assaulted the 50-year-old store manager in an unprovoked attack in the men's clothing department.

The incident happened at a Macy's store in Genesee Valley Center on June 15. The attack was captured on cellphone video by aspiring rapper FT Quay, who uploaded it to Facebook on Jun 15.

Surveillance video shows Palmer walking around the store before punching the manager in the head.

According to FT Quay, Palmer attacked the manager for using the N-word. But Leyton said there is no evidence the manager used a racial slur in the attack.

"This was an unprovoked attack on a Macy's employee," said Prosecutor Leyton. "We don't believe any racial slur was made by the store manager and even if there had been, it does not condone nor justify the assault by Mr. Palmer."

Leyton said there was not enough evidence to support a hate crime charge against Palmer.

"I know a lot of people are calling this a hate crime but, under the laws of Michigan, the evidence simply does not support that charge," he said.

Palmer, who is not yet in police custody, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
 

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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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