By LEKAN OYEKANMI and JAKE BLEIBERG
HOUSTON (AP) — A 33-year-old man was arrested on a homicide cost within the capturing of rapper Takeoff, who police on Friday stated was an “harmless bystander” when he was struck by gunfire exterior a Houston bowling alley.
Patrick Xavier Clark was taken into custody peacefully Thursday night time, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated. Clark’s arrest got here in the future after one other man was charged in reference to the Nov. 1 capturing, which authorities stated adopted a dispute over a cube recreation and wounded two different folks.
Clark was being held in jail Friday awaiting a bond listening to. Courtroom information don’t listing an lawyer who might communicate for him, however point out he was arrested as he was getting ready to depart the nation for Mexico.
Born Kirsnick Khari Ball, Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the Grammy-nominated rap trio from suburban Atlanta that additionally featured his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.
The 28-year-old musician was shot exterior the downtown bowling alley at round 2:30 a.m., when police stated a dispute erupted as greater than 30 folks have been leaving a non-public celebration there. Police beforehand stated one other man and a lady suffered non-life-threatening gunshot accidents, and that not less than two folks opened fired.
Police Sgt. Michael Burrow stated throughout a Friday information convention that the gunfire adopted a disagreement over a “profitable” recreation of cube, however that Takeoff was not concerned and was “an harmless bystander.” Finner stated police have no idea whether or not Clark was invited to the celebration or if he knew Takeoff.
Each particular person on the scene left with out speaking to police, Burrow stated. A few of these folks have since been situated by the authorities, who’ve additionally labored to piece collectively occasions with ballistics, video and audio recordings, in keeping with Burrow. He stated investigators are nonetheless attempting to trace down witnesses.
“We might be trying to discover you,” he stated. “It is going to be simpler should you come discover us.”
On Wednesday, authorities introduced the arrest of Cameron Joshua in connection to the capturing. Joshua was charged with illegally having a gun on the time Takeoff was shot, however prosecutors stated the 22-year-old isn’t believed to have fired the weapon. Christopher Downey, Joshua’s lawyer, instructed reporters that he has not seen something to recommend that his shopper was concerned in Takeoff’s killing.
Burrow stated that investigators consider it was Clark’s gunfire that killed the rapper.
Prosecutors on Friday requested a court docket to set Clark’s bond at $1 million, arguing he’s a flight danger. After Takeoff’s capturing, Clark utilized for an expedited passport by submitting the itinerary for an “imminent” flight to Mexico, in keeping with court docket information. They are saying he was arrested the day he acquired the passport and was in possession of a “great amount” of money.
Followers and different performers, together with Drake and Justin Bieber, celebrated Takeoff’s musical legacy in a memorial service final month in Atlanta.
Migos’ file label, High quality Management, mourned Takeoff’s loss of life in a press release posted on Instagram that attributed it to “mindless violence.”
Migos first broke by with the large hit “Versace” in 2013. That they had 4 Prime 10 hits on the Billboard Scorching 100, although Takeoff was not on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Dangerous and Boujee,” that includes Lil Uzi Vert. They put out a trilogy of albums known as “Tradition,” “Tradition II” and “Tradition III,” with the primary two hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Within the weeks earlier than his loss of life Takeoff, who launched the solo album “The Final Rocket” in 2018, and Quavo put out “Solely Constructed for Infinity Hyperlinks.” Takeoff hoped the joint album with Quavo would construct respect for his lyrical skills, telling the “Drink Champs” podcast, “It’s time to present me my flowers.”
As Clark’s arrest was introduced Friday, Takeoff’s voice might once more be heard, featured on “Really feel The Fiyaaaah” alongside A$AP Rocky on Metro Boomin’s album launched that day, “Heroes and Villains.”
He sang, “It’s quiet proper now within the streets.”
This story was first printed on December 2, 2022. It was up to date on December 3, 2022 as a result of The Related Press erroneously reported Takeoff by no means launched a solo file. He launched the solo album “The Final Rocket” in 2018.
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