In Houston early Tuesday, rapper Takeoff of 28 years, one-third of the Grammy-nominated group Migos, was shot dead.
Driving the news: Takeoff, the dead victim of a gunshot at 810 Billiards and Bowling in downtown Houston was identified by Houston police.
The rapper was there with his uncle Quavo, another member of Migos for the birthday celebration of music promoter Jas Prince. His real name was Kirshnik Khari Ball. Videos uploaded by Quavo on Instagram hours before the incident show him driving around Houston.
Details: As per authorities’ claim, Takeoff was a part of a private party at 810 Billiards and Bowling. with 40 other people. A dispute occurred outside the establishment resulting in the shootout, informed by the Sgt. Michael Arrington.
The shooting included at least two weapons, as per authorities. Troy Finner, Police Department chief of the Houston Police Department, and Sylvester Turner, Mayor, urged witnesses to step forward if they have any information about the case. Quavo was unhurt, according to chron.com.
A call about a shooting at 1199 San Jacinto St. came in around 2:40 in the morning, an HPD spokesperson informed. The caller reported seeing people running and hearing gunshots.
Shooting updates near the address were tweeted by HPD, stating that the two additional victims were shot and sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.
According to 810 Billiards and Bowling to Axios, the company is providing full cooperation with the investigation.
The big picture: Takeoff was the youngest member of the Georgia-founded rap group. They formed the group in 2008 in their home state. Hits including “Walk It Talk It,” “Bad and Boujee,” and “Stir Fry” were produced by the rap group.
Recently Quavo and Takeoff have just begun releasing music sans Offset, the remaining member of Migos as “Unc and Phew.”
On Monday evening, hours before the shooting, Quavo and Takeoff published the music video for their song “Messy.”
What they say: Celebrities, including Houston rapper Bun B and journalist Jemele Hill responded to the news.
As per Bun B’s Instagram post – the passing is so damn sad.
In a tweet, Hill criticizes the higher prevalence of shooting fatalities, saying, “you hardly have time to recover before someone else [is] killed.”
On Tuesday night, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made a plea to Congress to pass gun safety legislation. He stated that Takeoff’s shooting was one of several in the previous day and a half that had left “more families across our country… devastated by the tragic repercussions of gun violence in America.”
Jean-Pierre also remarked, “It’s time we used our suffering for good.
What’s next: Finner intends to discuss gun violence with Houston’s hip-hop scene next week.