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Houston police are looking for witnesses in Tuesday’s fatal shooting of 28-year-old rapper Takeoff.
Kirshnik Khari Ball, known professionally as Takeoff, rose to fame as one of three members of the Grammy-nominated rap group Migos. Ball died early Tuesday morning after shots were fired following a party at a Houston bowling alley.
“I’m asking you one thing, and I want it to resonate with everyone: What if it was your brother? What if it was your son?” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference on Tuesday. “You would like someone to intervene. So please intervene and give us the information so that we can put an end to this suffering family.”
Finner said Ball was the only victim of the shooting around 2:30 a.m. after a party at 810 Billiards & Bowling, a bowling alley in Houston.
Authorities described a chaotic scene. “A lot of people who were there fled the scene and didn’t stay to make a statement,” the police sergeant said. said Michael Arrington. He asked witnesses to call authorities, including anonymously, and to share photos or videos of the incident.
Two other people who attended the party — a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman who suffered non-life-threatening injuries — spoke to police, according to Arrington.
“We are looking for anything to help us,” he added.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner echoed police’s desire to arrest and press charges against the shooter. He said he would continue his efforts to “make our city a safer city”.
The mayor and the police department released a joint statement in May saying the city’s homicide rate was down. At the time, 187 homicides had been reported, compared to 192 during the same period a year earlier.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released a statement on Tuesday following news of Takeoff’s death, as well as the recent shootings in New Jersey, Chicago and Kansas City. Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration will continue to work on reducing gun violence “by calling on Congress to increase funding for community violence interventions, guarantee universal background checks, and send legislation to [Biden’s] office prohibiting assault weapons and large capacity magazines.”
“It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirshnik Khari Ball, known to the world as Takeoff,” Migos label Quality Control said in a statement. communicated. “Senseless violence and a stray bullet have taken another life in this world and we are devastated.”