Atlanta Rapper Takeoff Fatally Shot and Killed in Houston, Texas
Atlanta rapper Takeoff was fatally shot and killed on Tuesday after an altercation at a party in Houston, Texas. Takeoff, whose real name is Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot outside of a bowling alley in downtown Houston, where he was attending a private party. Takeoff was one third of successful rap trio Migos alongside fellow rappers Quavo and Offset. He was only 28 at the time of his death.
Takeoff had been attending the party with fellow Migos member Quavo. 40 other people were said to have attended the party, which took place at 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley. The party reportedly ended at 1 a.m., at which point people gathered around the alley for approximately another hour where they played dice.
Gunshots were fired around 2:34 a.m., which was when it was assumed that Takeoff was shot and killed, right in front of the doors to the bowling alley. The shooting was believed to have resulted from an altercation in the dice game, with Takeoff reportedly being shot near the head. Two other people, a man and woman in their early 20s were also shot. They were rushed to the hospital, where they managed to recover.
Police report that the shooting broke out due to an argument, however they do not know if Takeoff was involved in it. No leads have been discovered on who shot the rapper, although police have asked people to step up if they have any available information on who it could be. TMZ hip hop managed to find footage from the scene after Takeoff was shot, that showed a visibly distraught Quavo. The video contains content which may be distressing for certain viewers.
As one third of Migos, Takeoff cemented himself as an important part of the current rap and trap music scene. Takeoff was related to the other two members of the rap trio, with Quavo being his uncle and Offset being his cousin. Migos gained millions of followers with top charting songs such as “Bad and Bougee,” “Stir Fry” and “Versace”. They have gained massive commercial success and were on the biggest groups in modern day trap. Migos had broken up earlier this year, with Takeoff and Quavo partnering up to form a new duo called Unc and Phew.
Takeoff’s shooting is yet another example of the gun violence that exists within the hip hop culture. His death follows in the fatal shooting of Philadelphia based artist PnB Rock, who died in early September.
Following the news, many among the hip hop community took to social media to mourn the death of the young Atlanta rapper. This included musicians such as Ja Rule, Questlove and producer Metro Boomin.
The Houston police are still investigating who the shooter could possibly be. They urge anyone who might have any information on the matter to step up.