At a news conference Tuesday, Houston police confirmed that Takeoff’s killer is still at large and asked the public to “step forward” with more information that would help them.
“We are currently looking for any information,” said Sergeant Michael Arrington, the lead investigator on the case. “We know the media has received many phone calls, texts, tweets and videos. We need all of you to send them to us so we can solve this case.”
He added: “We want to find justice for this family. They are going through a lot right now… Help us apprehend, charge and arrest the person responsible for Takeoff’s death.” Police Chief Troy Finner added that he believes the suspect(s) were guest(s) at the private party Takeoff attended at 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston on Monday night.
“What if this was your brother? What if this was your son? Please respond”he says in a message to the public.
Chief Finner said he spoke with Takeoff’s relatives, who called him a “peaceful” person. Sergeant Arrington, however, confirmed that disagreements were behind the fatal shooting. No reason was given for the dispute.
Earlier reports indicated that the altercation broke out over a dice game.
Police confirmed on Tuesday that at least two firearms were used and Takeoff was already pronounced dead when officers arrived at the scene.
Chief Finner took a moment to praise the hip-hop community, saying it has a “bad name” because of the many rappers who have been killed in recent years.
“I know a lot of great people in our hip-hop community and I respect them”he said.
“I’m calling out to everyone, all hip-hop artists, in Houston and across the country. We need to stand up for ourselves. We all need to stand together and make sure no one ruins this industry.”
During the press conference, Sergeant Arrington also confirmed that there were two other individuals who self-transported to area hospitals with “non-life-threatening injuries.” They are a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman.
“They’ll both be fine”he added.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also took a moment to speak and reassure the public: “We’re going to solve this case. We’re going to find the shooter or shooters.”