Houston officials plead for witnesses to come forward in killing of ‘peaceful’ rapper Takeoff

Houston officials vowed to deliver justice in the killing of rapper Takeoff, with the chief of police calling the 28-year-old Atlantan a “peaceful” man and urging any witnesses to the shooting to come forward.

The rapper, part of the multiplatinum hip-hop trio Migos, was at a bowling alley and billiards hall where a private party was held early Tuesday. 

. A 911 call received at 2:34 a.m. reported a shooting in progress, and officers discovered Takeoff dead on the third level, just outside the front door, police said.

There were roughly 40 people at the event, many of whom left “possibly out of fear,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.

A man, 23, and woman, 24, also were injured and took private vehicles to the hospital, Sgt. 

Michael Arrington of the homicide division told reporters Tuesday. He did not elaborate on their injuries but said, “They’re both going to be OK.”

Employees told police gunfire erupted after the party, when a large group of people gathered outside the front door “and it led to an argument where the shooting took place from the disagreement,” Arrington said.

“A lot of people that were there fled the scene and did not stick around to give a statement,” the sergeant said.