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Migos rapper shot in Houston: how did Takeoff die?

The Migos star suffered a gunshot wound to the head during an altercation at 810 Billiards & Bowling and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Update:
Rapper Takeoff killed in Houston shooting
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Rapper Takeoff, best-known as a part of hip-hop trio Migos, has reportedly been killed in an early morning shooting in Houston, Texas. The rapper, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, was 28 years old.

TMZ cite law enforcement sources who state that that the incident occurred in a bowling alley called 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston.

Multiple witnesses confirm that a young black male, thought to be Takeoff, was shot shortly after 2:30am local time after an altercation.

An ambulance was called but the extent of his injuries was too severe and he was pronounced dead on the scene. Images obtained by TMZ Hip Hop appear to show Takeoff lying on the ground with fellow Migos star Quavo and others gathered around him.

It is thought that two other people were shot in the incident, both of whom were taken to hospital in private vehicles. No statement has been released confirming their condition at this stage.

Takeoff was the nephew of Quavo and the two formed Migos, alongside Offset, in 2008.

Why was Takeoff killed?

At this stage there is little concrete information on the tragic incident, other than to confirm that the 28-year-old Georgia-born rapper had died after being shot.

Earlier that night Takeoff had posted a selfie from the bowling alley, where he, Quavo and other friends are thought to have been celebrating the birthday of Jas Prince.

Reports suggest that Takeoff was playing dice with Quavo when the altercation took place. Gunfire was heard and Takeoff suffered a gunshot wound to his head. Quavo is not thought to have been harmed.

NBC affiliate Click2Houston has confirmed that there were 40 to 50 people in attendance for a private party when the shooting took place. Police have confirmed that Migos members Quavo and Takeoff were there at the time of the incident and that the victim was a black male in his 20s.

Soon after news of Takeoff’s death was announced, rapper Juice Wayne tweeted his condolences:

All this bloodshed. For nothing. It’ll never make sense. Never ever. Rest in Peace. Prayers to the family of the fallen.”

More on this breaking news story as it develops…

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