US rapper Takeoff has died. The 28-year-old third of the chart-topping trio group Migos was shot dead in a bowling alley on Tuesday morning.
According to the BBC, the shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. 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 were at a private party when someone opened fire. Police said when they arrived 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 were injured and were driven to hospital in private vehicles, the police said.
No arrests have been made.
At a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner begged 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.
From Ja Rule to Kid Cudi, Khalid and Dave, hip-hop stars and fans have been paying tribute (on social media) to the musician whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, with Rick Ross calling him a “young legend.”
Migos were one of the most influential groups of their generation, pioneering a style of rapping in choppy, staccato triplets known as the “Migos flow.”