In connection with the shooting death of rapper Takeoff, who was allegedly a “innocent bystander” last month outside a Houston bowling alley, police have detained a 33-year-old man on murder charges.
According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner on Friday, Patrick Xavier Clark was apprehended calmly on Thursday night. In relation to the gunshot that left two other persons injured, Clark is the second person to be detained.
Takeoff, who was born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was the youngest member of the Grammy-nominated rap group Migos, which also included his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.
A disagreement broke out as about 40 people were leaving a private party at the bowling alley about 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, and the 28-year-old musician was one of three people police claim were shot outside. According to police, at least two people opened fire during the shooting, inflicting non-life-threatening wounds on a male and a woman.
Police Sgt. Michael Burrow claimed at a news conference on Friday that Takeoff was “an innocent bystander” and that the shooting was the result of a disagreement over a game of dice.
Cameron Joshua was taken into custody in relation to the shooting on Wednesday, according to the police. When Takeoff was shot, the 22-year-old was accused of illegally possessing a gun, but Burrow claimed that police believe the rapper was murdered by Clark’s gunfire.
At a funeral gathering last month in Atlanta, fans and other performers—among them Drake and Justin Bieber—celebrated Takeoff’s musical legacy.
In a statement on Instagram, Quality Control, the record company for Migos, expressed sorrow on Takeoff’s passing and blamed it on “senseless violence.”
In 2013, Migos made their breakthrough with the huge smash “Versace.” Takeoff was not featured on their multi-week No. 1 single “Bad and Boujee,” which featured Lil Uzi Vert, but they still had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The first two albums in their trilogy, “Culture,” “Culture II,” and “Culture III,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album list.
Just a few weeks before he passed away, Takeoff and Quavo dropped their collaborative album “Only Built for Infinity Links.”
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