In the wake of the fatal shooting of rapper Takeoff, Houston police are asking the public for assistance in identifying the gunman who opened fire outside a bowling alley early Tuesday, killing the 28-year-old member of the Grammy-nominated trio Migos.
A group of 40 people left a private party at the bowling alley around 2:30 a.m. when Kirsnick Khari Ball, who is also known as Takeoff, was shot.
According to Chief Troy Finner, Takeoff was “well respected” and investigators are looking for any information that will assist them in identifying the shooters. Finner said the majority of people fled after gunfire began and he asked anyone with video of what happened to come forward.
“I have no reason to believe he was involved in anything criminal at the time,” Finner said of Takeoff. It was reported that two people discharged firearms, and two others who were hit suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were transported to hospitals by private vehicles.
“Let me just ask … that anyone who has information on the shooter or shooters provide that information to HPD and let us resolve this situation,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “Let us bring justice to these families.”
In a downtown Houston retail complex that includes high-end restaurants, a House of Blues, and is close to a Four Seasons hotel, police responded to reports of a shooting at 810 Billiards & Bowling. It was more than seven hours after the shooting that a body was loaded into a medical examiner’s van. Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene.
A police spokesperson said security guards in the area heard the shooting, but did not see the perpetrator.
A spokesperson for 810 Billiards & Bowling said the shooting took place after the alley closed and was cooperating with investigators. Members of the media were kept across the street, which was otherwise blocked to the public.
After hearing Takeoff had been killed, several fans gathered across the street from the bowling alley. Isaiah Lopez, 24, rushed down from his home in Humble.
Lopez said he and his brother listened to Takeoff all the time. “As soon as my brother told me Takeoff had passed away, I had to come over here and pay my respects.”
The 30-year-old Moreno said he met Takeoff at a Houston bar and restaurant in June and called him “a real nice guy.”
Moreno said, “I feel it’s another good person gone too soon,” but he added, “When it’s someone so talented and so young, it hurts even more.”
Known for their hit “Versace,” Takeoff was one of the youngest members of Migos, the rap group from suburban Atlanta that also featured his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.
In addition to their multi-week No. 1 hit, “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, the group had four Top 10 hits. In addition to “Culture,” “Culture II” and “Culture III,” they released three albums, the first two of which hit No. 1 on Billboard 200. Additionally, they were awarded an ASCAP Vanguard Award in 2018, for their streaming success with songs like “Motorsport” (featuring Cardi B and Nicki Minaj), “Stir Fry,” and “Walk It Talk It.”
There was also a fictional version of the trio on the hit TV show “Atlanta,” but the group was no longer together at the time.
Offset, who is married to Cardi B, released a solo album in 2019, while Takeoff and Quavo released a joint album last month, “Only Built for Infinity Links”. It was Quavo who posted on Instagram Monday links to his Halloween music video with Takeoff, “Messy,” as well as a video of him and his friends driving around Houston.