In the clip obtained by TMZ, Quavo can be seen and heard arguing with someone outside the Houston bowling alley where his nephew and Migos groupmate was killed in the early hours of Tuesday (November 1).
Takeoff can be seen standing just a few feet away from the tense exchange, which seemingly centered around basketball. Quavo, who was reportedly playing dice at the time, can be heard saying: “Man, I don’t care about no basketball, bruh … Don’t play like that, bruh.”
Moments later, a physical altercation breaks out, followed by gunfire. Over 10 shots were fired, with TMZ speculating they came from more than one weapon.
At least one of the bullets struck Takeoff “either in the head or near to his head.” When police arrived, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other victims were taken to nearby hospitals, while Quavo escaped the shooting unharmed.
Boxing star Shakur Stevenson was standing next to Takeoff at the time of the shooting, but he, too, avoided injury. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, he wrote: “R.I.P Takeoff.”
R.I.P Takeoff 🙏🏾
— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) November 2, 2022
Kevin “Coach K” Lee — co-founder of Quality Control Music, Migos’ label — issued a statement about Takeoff’s death on behalf of the label, describing their devastation as a result of “a stray bullet.”
“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,” the message read. “Senseless violence and a stray bullet has taken another life from this world and we are devastated. Please respect his family and friends as we all continue to process this monumental loss.”
Fellow Quality Control founder Pierre “P” Thomas also reacted to the 28-year-old rapper’s sudden passing on Twitter, sharing a broken heart emoji.
— P (@qcm_p) November 2, 2022
Sgt. Michael Arrington of the Houston Police Department called for witnesses to step up during a press conference on Tuesday, with the police report claiming 40 people attended the private party at the bowling alley.
“We’re looking for anything to help us from there,” he said. “We want to find justice for [Takeoff’s] family. They’re going through a lot right now. And the only thing that we can do is hope that y’all reach out and assist us in any way to lead to evidence that will help us to apprehend and get charges and arrest on the person responsible for the death of Takeoff.”
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner added: “I just want to say something to our city, Houston, and every brother and sister in the neighborhoods. I’m calling you to action to step up. There were 40 people at least at this event, and people left, possibly out of fear.”