Rapper Take Off performs on stage, in front of a blue screen.
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Rapper Tykov, a third of the Grammy-nominated Migos group, was shot dead in Houston early Tuesday. He was 28 years old.

News Leadership: Houston police identified Tykoff as the fatal victim of the downtown shooting outside 810 billiards and bowling alley.

  • The rapper, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Paul, was in Houston with Quavo—Tikov’s uncle and another Migos member—to celebrate the birthday of music promoter Gus Prince.
  • Instagram clips that Quavo posted hours before the shooting show him driving around Houston.

details: Authorities say Takeoff was part of a private party of about 40 people at 810 Billiards and Bowling. Sgt. Michael Arrington said that an argument occurred outside of work, which led to the shooting.

  • Authorities said at least two guns were involved in the shooting.
  • Houston Police Chief Troy Viner and Mayor Sylvester Turner asked witnesses to provide information on anyone involved in Tikoff’s death.
  • Quavo was not injured, Chron.com reports.
  • An HPD spokesperson told Axios that a call for the shooting at 1199 San Jacinto Street came at 2:40 a.m. The caller reported hearing gunshots and seeing people running.
  • HPD Twitter updates In a shooting near that address he said two other people were shot and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
  • The 810 Billiards and Bowling team told Axios that the investigation involved “full cooperation.”

The Big Picture: Tykov was the youngest member of a rap group formed in 2008 in their home state of Georgia. The group is responsible for songs such as “Stir Fry”, “Bad and Boujee” and “Walk It Talk It”.

  • In recent months, Quavo and Takeoff have started making music without Offset, the last member of Migos, as “Unc and Phew”.
  • Quavo and Takeoff released a music video for “Messy” on Monday night, hours before the shooting.

what are they saying: Celebrities from Houston rapper Bon B to journalist Jimmy Hill have reacted on the news.

  • Bon B posted an Instagram story saying the death was “so sad”.
  • hill He thinks on Twitter, saying that shooting deaths happen “so often that you barely have time to recover before someone else.” [is] killed.”

while, White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre noted in a statement Tuesday night that the Tykov shooting was one of several cases in the past day and a half that have left “more families across our country…” and also urged Congress to pass gun safety legislation.

  • “It is time to turn our pain into a goal,” said Jean-Pierre.

What’s Next: Viner said he plans to meet with the hip-hop community in Houston next week to discuss gun violence.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new details all the time.

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