Takeoff Murder Suspect Arrested and Charged, Houston Police Announce

LOS ANGELES, CA. March 23, 2019: Migos rapper Takeoff at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 2019 at USC's Galen Center — Photo by Featureflash

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in Houston and charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff, authorities announced Friday.

Patrick Xavier Clark was taken into custody without incident on Thursday night, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at a televised news conference.

Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was an “innocent bystander” when he was killed, police told reporters at the gathering. The shooting occurred outside a bowling alley following a dispute over a game of dice on Nov. 1. Takeoff was not involved in the dispute, police said.

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Patrick Xavier Clark arrested for Takeoff Shooting (Credit: Houston PD)
Patrick Xavier Clark is shown in a booking photo. (Credit: Houston PD)

Police also announced the arrest of Cameron Joshua, 22, in connection with the shooting. Joshua was taken into custody last month and charged with felony possession of a weapon at the scene of the shooting. Authorities said he was not believed to have fired the weapon.

Meanwhile, Clark was expected to appear at a bond hearing sometime Friday.

Prosecutors in Harris County filed a motion requesting $1 million bail for Clark, describing him as a “flight risk,” CNN reported. Prosecutors alleged he applied for an expedited passport shortly after the fatal shooting and was in posession of the document. When he was arrested, he had a “large amount of cash money,” the filing motion said.

Takeoff, 28, was killed outside the doors of 810 Billiards & Bowling in Houston, where he and bandmate Quavo were playing dice.

Police received a call of a shooting in progress at around 2:30 a.m. Two other people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said at the time.

Takeoff and his uncle, Quavo, were attending a private party along with about 40 other people, when the shooting occurred. The crowd scattered when the shots rang out and police made a plea last month for witnesses to come forward.

Atlanta-based Migos was made up of Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset. The three were all related and grew up together in suburban Atlanta.

Finner said Friday he spoke with Takeoff’s mother before announcing the suspected gunman had been taken into custody.

“We lost a good man,” Finner said about Takeoff. “I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him but everybody, the hundreds of people that I’ve talked to, spoke on what a great individual he was.”