The label for the rap group Migos has confirmed that the shooting which killed their member Takeoff's death was not targeted at him.
Quality Control Music said that the 28-year-old, whose given name was Kirsnick Khari Ball, was accidentally killed in a statement issued on Wednesday.
"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 statement 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," it continued.
Takeoff and two other unknown individuals were injured at a private event at 810 Billiards & Bowling in downtown Houston in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Police said that officers responded to reports of a shooting around 2:34 a.m. and, upon arrival, they found a crowd had gathered around a Black man in his 20s, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two other people shot — a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman — suffered non-life threatening injuries and took themselves to a nearby hospital, Sgt. Michael Arrington said in a press conference Tuesday. They have since given statements to police.
Following the incident, rumors have circulated online that the shooting happened after a fight broke out over a dice game.
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Arrington only confirmed to reporters that a fight took place outside the venue after the party had ended. However, he said they're still investigating the cause of the fight, adding, "A lot of people that were there fled the scene and did not stick around to give a statement."
Arrington asked that anyone with evidence share it with detectives, stating, "We want to find justice for this family. They're going through a lot right now and the only thing we can do is hope that y'all reach out and assist us in any way."
Police Chief Troy Finner stated that this is an ongoing investigation, but added, "We have no reason to believe that he was involved in anything criminal at the time."
Finner and Mayor Sylvester Turner also implored the rap community in Houston and around the country to "police ourselves."
"There are so many talented individuals, men and women, in that community, who, again, I love and I respect. We all need to stand together and make sure no one tears down that industry," the police chief said, adding that he wants to meet with "other artists and see how we can taper things down."
Sylvester noted that some people may try to take justice into their own hands, but he asked that the public let the police handle this matter on their own.
"Let us solve the crime... We owe that to Takeoff's mom and to the family," Sylvester said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or CrimeStop at 713-222-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is available.