Takeoff of Rap Group Migos Fatally Shot at Houston Bowling Alley

Takeoff of Migos at the 2019 ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles on July 10, 2019 — Photo by Featureflash/Deposit Photos

Takeoff, a member of the chart-topping rap group Migos, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning at a bowling alley in Houston, Texas.

The rapper, born Kirshnik Khari Ball, was 28 years old.

Local television station KPRC and TMZ both reported an altercation broke out during a private party at the bowling alley and someone opened fire around 2:30 a.m. CDT, striking Ball in either the neck or head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Takeoff, Quavo & Offset attend Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles in 2019. Photo by Featureflash
Takeoff, Quavo & Offset attend Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles in 2019. (Photo by Featureflash)

Ball was playing dice with his bandmate Quavo when the shooting occurred, according to published reports. The Houston Police Department tweeted about the shooting just after 3am.

“Downtown officers are on a shooting at 1200 Polk. One victim was found deceased upon arrival,” the department tweeted, adding in a second post: “UPDATE: 2 other victims taken in private vehicles to hospitals. We are not releasing an identity of the deceased victim until his family is notified.”

Police said they found multiple shell casings at the scene. The department told reporters 40 to 50 people were at the location when the shooting happened. The party reportedly ended at 1 a.m., but carried over until a gunman opened fire.

A video obtained by TMZ showed Quavo yelling for help after the shooting.

At a news conference hours later, police said no arrests had been made and they urged witnesses to come forward.

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Migos was formed in Georgia in 2008. The Atlanta-based group released their debut album “Yung Rich Nation” in July 2015. Their second studio album, “Culture,” was released in 2017 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

The group was originally made up of  Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset. Offset is Quavo’s cousin and Quavo is Takeoff’s uncle. The three grew up together in suburban Atlanta.

The band split up earlier this year after scoring several hits including “Bad and Boujee,” “Versace” and “Walk It Talk It.”

Grammy-nominated Migos is credited with pioneering a style of rapping in choppy, staccato triplets known as the “Migos flow.”

Quavo and Takeoff recently formed the duo Unc & Phew without Offset. The band released a music video for their song “Messy” on Monday.