The rap game is, unfortunately, a dangerous one in that there is a tendency for its players to end up injured or dead in a hail of gunfire sparked by some random dispute or ongoing feud.
Yet another young rapper has lost his life, as reports indicate that 28-year-old Takeoff of the Atlanta-based rap trio Migos was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in Houston, Texas, the Daily Wire reported.
Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, caught a bullet to the head when gunshots were fired following a dispute outside Houston’s 810 Billiards & Bowling, and police are searching for at least one or two suspects in the shooting death.
Rapper shot and killed following dispute
The Houston Chronicle reported that Takeoff and Migos-mate Quavo, real name Quavious Keyate Marshall, were at a private party at the bowling alley and were involved in a dice game outside the establishment after the party had ended.
A fight erupted and shots were reportedly eventually exchanged by at least two weapons, and once the crowd had scattered it was discovered that Takeoff had been shot in the head and killed while two other individuals suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
In a statement posted to social media, Takeoff’s label, Quality Control Music, said, “It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirsnick Khari Ball, known to the world as Takeoff. Senseless violence and a stray bullet has taken another life from this world and we are devastated.”
Houston mayor speaks out against violence
“I want to extend my condolences to the mom of Takeoff, to all the family members of Takeoff,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) said in a press conference. “It doesn’t matter how famous you are, anybody who loses his or her life, is a life lost.”
“I’m concerned with this age group, age 16 through 30. There are too many young men of color killing young men of color,” the mayor continued. “We do need to have that conversation.”
“In my day, [if] there’s a disagreement, there’s a fistfight,” Turner added, blaming easy access to guns for the problem. “We have too many young men of color now injured or fatally killed.”
Potential suspect caught on video with gun drawn
The Chronicle noted that Houston Police are investigating what happened and are asking individuals who were present at the scene, but fled before officers arrived, to provide statements about what, exactly, occurred.
To that end, TMZ obtained and published a cellphone video that purports to show at least one of the potential suspects with a handgun drawn but held down close by his side just prior to the eruption of gunfire.
The police confirmed to the outlet that they have also seen that video and declared the unidentified armed individual to be a “person of interest” in their investigation.