Takeoff, one-third of hip hop group Migos, has died after an early morning shooting in Houston. He was 28.
The fatal incident occurred shortly after 2:30 AM at a bowling alley called 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston. Police say an altercation broke out on the balcony outside of the bowling alley.
Takeoff and Quavo were inside the venue for a private party prior to the shooting. Police said the party ended at 1 a.m. but it carried over to 2 a.m. A group of about 40 people were congregating outside of the bar on the third floor after it had closed.
According to witnesses Quavo was taking part in a dice game. Photographs of the moments before show both Quavo and Takeoff amongst a group of people gathered on the balcony. Police say an altercation occurred and multiple people opened fire. Takeoff was reportedly shot either in the head or near his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Houston PD, 2 other victims taken in private vehicles to hospitals.
UPDATE: 2 other victims taken in private vehicles to hospitals.
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— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) November 1, 2022
Investigators said they are looking at nearby surveillance video and are working to determine what led up to the shooting.
Takeoff, real name, Kirsnick Khari Ball, was youngest member of the Migos along with Quavo and Offset. A representative for for the group confirmed his death to The Associated Press.
Takeoff’s attorney, Drew Findling, also released a statement to NBC News.
“Along with my firm, I am devastated by the tragic death of Kirshnik Ball, known to his fans as Takeoff,” he said. “Takeoff was not only a brilliant musical artist with unlimited talent but also a uniquely kind and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed now and always.
The Atlanta-bred trio burst came together in 2008 dropping their first major hit, “Versace,” in 2013. They would hit number one on Billboard in 2016 with the single “Bad and Boujee.”
Takeoff was often credited as the most reserved, but lyrically versatile member of the group.
RIP Takeoff. Sending our prayers to his family and fans.
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