“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Teddi Mellencamp is breaking her silence after an early-morning shooting in the Hollywood Hills left rapper Pop Smoke gravely wounded. The Brooklyn rapper was renting a home from Mellencamp and her husband, Edwin Arroyave.
LAPD raced to the Hollywood Hills home around 4:30 AM on Tuesday after they received a 911 call from someone inside the residence, according to NBC. 20-year-old Pop Smoke was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The rapper was transported to the hospital but unfortunately died due to his injuries.
The “RHOBH” star addressed the public on Instagram shortly after news broke regarding Pop Smoke’s death, and it appears she is also just finding out the details of the incident.
“Early this am we were informed by a 3rd party leasing and management company overseeing a rental home we own in Los Angeles that a shooting had taken place at the property.
Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life.”
Mellencamp said she’s finding out the grisly details as they’re unfolding and is not going to comment further until a greater understanding is known of what happened to the late rapper.
“We aren’t aware of any of the details beyond what we’ve been told or seen reported on the news and at this time we would like to refrain from commenting further as we wish for the focus to remain on the law enforcement officers who are diligently doing their jobs.”
Mellencamp must already be getting peppered with questions from the public, because she turned off the comments to her IG post.
No arrests have been made yet in connection with Pop Smoke’s death, and officials are currently working on the case. There are reports that the shooting was the result of a home invasion by masked men, but that has not yet been confirmed by officials.
Pop Smoke was a rising star in the hip-hop world after releasing his hit single, “Welcome to the Party,” last year for his debut mixtape, “Meet the Woo.” The single caught the attention of Nicki Minaj, who remixed the track. Smoke also teamed up with Travis Scott for their song, “Gatti.”
In December of that year, Jackson collaborated with JackBoys and Travis Scott on “Gatti.”
Shortly after news of his death, Minaj posted a tribute to the late rapper and alluded that his murder was the result of jealousy.