Takeoff: Houston police make arrest for murdering rapper

Takeoff: Houston police make arrest for murdering rapper


A man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of rapper Takeoff, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner announced at a news conference Friday.

Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested Thursday night on the east side of Houston, Texas. Another man, Cameron Joshua, 22, was arrested last month and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, the chief said.

Takeoff, who was a member of the platinum-selling rap group Migos, was shot and killed outside the business on Nov. 1 after a private event. He was 28 years old.

“We lost a good man,” Finner said during the press conference. “I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him, but everyone, hundreds of people I talked to, talked about what a great individual he was.”

While the incident remains an active investigation, authorities know Takeoff was an “innocent bystander,” Sgt. Michael Burrow, of the Houston Police Department’s homicide unit, said Friday.

“The event was a private party, there was a lucrative dice game going on at the event, there was an altercation that later happened outside the bowling alley, which led to the shooting,” Burrow said.

Takeoff was not involved in a dice game or altercation and was not armed, Burrow said.

Authorities are still working to locate and interview witnesses. There were more than 30 people standing outside when the shooting happened, Burrow said.

“Literally every single one of those people left the scene without giving a statement to the police,” he said. “We found a few of them that night, we’ve found others since then, but it’s important that these people come forward.”

Meanwhile, authorities have had to rely on “extensive video surveillance,” cellphone video, audio, physical and ballistics evidence and efforts to reconstruct the shooting in their investigation.

“Through that, we were able to conclude that Patrick Clark was the fatal shooter in this case,” Burrow said.

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