Migos rapper Takeoff was killed by a “stray bullet”, his record company has claimed in a statement. The 28-year-old, Grammy-nominated musician died on Tuesday in a shooting at a bowling alley in Houston, Texas.
Paying tribute, his record label said in a statement: “Senseless violence and a stray bullet has taken another life from this world and we are devastated.”
Houston Police Chief, Troy Finner said he did not want to speculate on whether Takeoff was the target. He added: “Based on what people say about him, he’s well respected, non-violent. I would not expect him to be involved but I do want to wait on the investigation – but we have no reason to believe that he was involved in anything criminal at the time, just as people describe him as very peaceful, loving, a great entertainer.”
He pleaded with witnesses at the scene to come forward. “Please step up, get the information to us so we can bring some closure to this family who’s hurting right now,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting took place at about 02:30 local time on a balcony outside the 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley, where Takeoff had reportedly been playing dice with his uncle and bandmate, Quavo.
Police said 40 to 50 guests had been at a private party when someone opened fire. When they arrived, officers said they found a large crowd and a man with a gunshot wound to the head or neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two other people, a 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, were injured and were driven to the hospital in private vehicles. No arrests have been made.
Takeoff, real name Kirsnick Khari Ball, was one-third of the chart-topping Atlanta band Migos, whose hits included Walk It Talk It, Stir Fry, and Versace.