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Rapper Takeoff, one-third of the Grammy-nominated band Migos, was fatally shot in Houston early Tuesday. He was 28 years old.
Driving the news: Houston police have identified Takeoff as the fatal victim of a downtown shooting outside 810 Billiards and Bowling.
- The rapper, whose real name was Kirshnik Khari Ball, was in Houston with Quavo — Takeoff’s uncle and fellow Migos member — to celebrate the birthday of music promoter Jas Prince.
- Instagram clips posted by Quavo hours before filming show him driving around Houston.
Details: Authorities say the takeoff was part of a private party of about 40 people at 810 Billiards and Bowling. sergeant. Michael Arrington said an argument took place outside the company, leading to the shooting.
- Authorities said at least two firearms were involved in the shooting.
- Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner and Mayor Sylvester Turner asked witnesses to provide information about anyone involved in Takeoff’s death.
- Quavo was not injured, Chron.com reports.
- An HPD spokesperson told Axios that a call for a shooting at 1199 San Jacinto St. came in at 2:40 a.m. The caller said he heard gunshots and saw people running.
on a shooting near that address that said two other people were shot and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
UPDATE: 2 other victims taken in private vehicles to hospitals.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) November 1, 2022
Media partners: We are not releasing an identity of the deceased victim until his family is notified & ID verified by Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
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- 810 Billiards and Bowling told Axios that the investigation has the company’s “full cooperation.”
The big picture: Takeoff was the youngest member of the rap group formed in 2008 in Georgia, their home state. The group is responsible for hits like “Stir Fry”, “Bad and Boujee” and “Walk It Talk It”.
- In recent months, Quavo and Takeoff have started making music without Offset, the newest member of Migos, under the name “Unc and Phew”.
- Quavo and Takeoff released a music video for the song “Messy” on Monday night, hours before filming.
What they say : Celebrities from Houston rapper Bun B to journalist Jemele Hill reacted to the news.
- Bun B posted a story on Instagram saying the death is “so sad”.
reflects on Twitter, saying shooting deaths happen “so frequently you barely have time to recover before someone else [is] kill.”
I was in college when Biggie and ‘Pac were killed and thought there was no way we’d ever experience anything remotely close to that again. Now it’s happening so frequently that you barely have time to recover before someone else killed. RIP Takeoff.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 1, 2022
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre noted in a statement Tuesday evening that the Takeoff shooting was one of many over the past day and a half to leave “more families across our countries…marked by the devastating effects of gun violence in America”. as she urged Congress to pass gun safety legislation.
- “It’s high time we turned our pain into purpose,” she said.
And after: Finner said he plans to meet with the Houston hip-hop community next week to discuss gun violence.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new details.
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