Takeoff, a member of the popular Atlanta rap group Migos, was fatally shot early Monday morning in Houston, Texas.
Police received a call of a shooting in progress around 2:34 a.m. local time, Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference Tuesday. Officers arrived at the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston where there was a private party and found a dead man at the scene.
Two other people – a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman – were also injured in the shooting and took themselves to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Michael Arrington with police department’s homicide division.
Employees told police an argument took place after the party ended when a large group of people gathered at the front door area outside of the building, which led to the shooting. At least 40 people were at the scene at the time of the shooting, Finner said.
Reacting to the death of the 28-year-old rapper, sports was sent into a somber mood forcing many athletes to mourn online.
Takeoff was loved not only in the music industry but in the sports world as well.
He and his fellow group members, Quavo and Offset, were often seen courtside at NBA games supporting the Atlanta Hawks and even attended NFL games to see the Atlanta Falcons play. He also attended many NBA All-Star events and supported his uncle Quavo who played in the All-Star Celebrity Game more than once.
Here’s how the NBA and other sports fraternities reacted.
No Fucking Way..
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) November 1, 2022
I can’t believe this. RIP Takeoff…
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) November 1, 2022
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) November 1, 2022
I was in college when Biggie and ‘Pac were killed and thought there was no way we’d ever experience anything remotely close to that again. Now it’s happening so frequently that you barely have time to recover before someone else killed. RIP Takeoff.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 1, 2022
I met 3 smart, humble & hard working guys from Atlanta on the road covering NBA playoffs in 2014 or ‘15… few months later… the entire world would know the Migos
RIP Takeoff – 🙏🏼prayers to your family & friends. Gone way too soon 💔 pic.twitter.com/fSMt6yVFM5
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) November 1, 2022
Heart heavy. We gotta Stop doin this. Rest in Peace Take.
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) November 1, 2022
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) November 1, 2022