Police said they have some cluesRapper takeoff outside a private party at Downtown Bowling Alley in Houston.
Takeoff, whose off-stage name was Kirsnick Khari Ball, made up a third of the Grammy Award-nominated trio Migos with Uncle Quavo and suburban Atlanta cousin Offset. According to Police Chief Troy Finer, the 28-year-old rapper was shot to death early Tuesday and another man and a woman were also injured.
Finer said 810 billiards and bowling took part in the majority of the 40 people who attended the party. Mayor Sylvester Turner said police asked people to come forward and give investigators statements and videos they saw and heard, albeit anonymously.
According to Finer, at least two people discharged firearms. The two other people who were killed by bullets had non-life-threatening wounds and had gone to hospitals in private vehicles, he said.
“I just want to ask that anyone who has information about the shooter or shooters, please provide that information to HPD and let us resolve this situation,” Turner said at a news conference on Tuesday. “Let us bring justice to this family.”
Finer said that the takeoff was “well honoured”, and that “there was no reason to believe that he was involved in any perpetrators at the time.”
Migos’ record label, Quality Control, mourned Takeoff’s death in a statement posted to Instagram.
“Unnecessary violence and a stray bullet has taken one more life from this world and we are devastated,” the statement said. However, the police did not say anything about the firing. “Please respect his family and friends as we are all going through this great loss.”
The bowling alley is a three-story Houston retail complex with high-end restaurants and the House of Blues, and is adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel. The takeoff at the shooting site at 2:30 was declared dead. An Associated Press reporter saw a dead body in a medical examiner’s van at around 10 a.m., more than seven hours after the shooting.
A police spokesman said security guards in the area heard gunshots but did not see who did it. A spokesman for 810 Billiards & Bowling said the shooting happened after the alley was closed and said the business was cooperating with investigators.
Many fans gathered across the street from the bowling alley. Isaiah Lopez, 24, said he fled his home in the Houston suburb of Humble when he heard the news of the takeoff being killed.
“That was one of our favorites, mine and my brother’s. That’s all we’ll hear,” Lopez said as she took a dozen roses she expected to place near the shooting site. “As soon as my brother called me and said, ‘Takeoff is gone,’ I had to come here and pay my respects.”
Thomas Moreno, 30, lives about five minutes away from the bowling alley. He said he met Takeoff in June at an event at a Houston bar and restaurant and called him “a real nice guy.”
“I think it’s just another good person who’s gone too soon,” Moreno said. “It happens every day, but it hurts even more when someone is so talented and so young.”
By Tuesday afternoon, fans had erected a memorial on the first floor of the retail complex with roses, candles and a teddy bear. Yellow crime scene tapes still lead up the stairs to 810 Billiards and Bowling.
The takeoff killing took place when Houston was in the spotlight, with the Astros baseball team most-watchedRunning since 2019.
At the same time, crime has emerged as a major political issue in this year’s midterm elections, with many Republicans running on law-and-order platforms while Democrats attempt to balance public safety with calls for criminal-justice reform. Huh.
murders across the countryDuring the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Violent crime declined somewhat in 2021, according to the latest FBI crime data, but did not drop to pre-pandemic levels, although record-keeping changes meant the report did not include some of the nation’s largest police departments .
In Houston, the mayor and police chief acknowledged such concerns, saying that some violent crime rates are lower than last year. Finer said he would like to meet with other hip-hop artists to talk about the violence, although he did not say that Takeoff’s murder had anything to do with work in music.
“We all need to stand together and make sure no one tears down that industry,” Finer said.
Migos first broke up in 2013 with the massive hit “Versace”. They had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, although the takeoff was not on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Bad and Boozy”, featuring Lil Uzi Vert. They put out a trio of albums called “Culture,” “Culture II” and “Culture III” with the first two hitting #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He also earned an ASCAP Vanguard Award for streaming success in 2018 with multiplatinum songs like “Motorsport (featuring Cardi B and Nicki Minaj),” “Stir Fry,” and “Walk It Talk It.”
The trio also played a fictionalized version of themselves in an episode of the hit TV show “Atlanta”, but the group was not currently together.
Offset, who is married to Cardi B, released a solo album in 2019, while Takeoff and Quavo released the joint album “Only Built for Infinity Lynx” last month. Quavo posted links to his takeoff’s Halloween-themed music video, “Messy,” on his Instagram on Monday, along with a video of him and his friends driving around Houston.