The music world is in shock.

Early Tuesday morning, 28-year-old rapper Takeoff, of the rap trio Migos, was shot and killed at a private party in a bowling alley in Houston.

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A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department confirmed the news to Billboard following early reports of the tragic incident.

Investigators said the shooting began at around 2:35 a.m. at the party, which had about 40 people in attendance.

Police also told local news station KHOU that partygoers began to flee as shots rang out, while Takeoff was shot in either the head or neck and two other victims, as yet unidentified, were also taken to hospital.

TMZ obtained footage, shared widely on social media, which appeared to be from the scene of the shooting, showing fellow Migos bandmate Quavo gathered with others around Takeoff, first trying to move him and then shouting for someone to get help.

The outlet also reported that Takeoff had been playing dice when an altercation broke out, leading to the shooting, though this has not been confirmed.

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Prior to the shooting, Takeoff had posted a selfie on social media from the bowling alley.

Takeoff, born Kirshnik Khari Ball in 1994, joined his uncle Quavo and first cousin Offset to form Migos in 2008, at first under the group name Polo Club.

After a series of mixtapes, Migos achieved larger success with their 2013 viral hit “Versace”, which was remixed by Drake and reached 99 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2016, they achieved major success with the No. 1 Hot 100 hit “Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert.

Last month, Takeoff and Quavo released their first album together as a duo, Only Built for Infinity Links, coming a little over a year after Migos released the final chapter in their trilogy, Culture III.

On social media, fans expressed shock and mourning.


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