Just over a month after Migos’ star Takeoff was gunned down in a shootout outside a downtown Houston entertainment center, police have finally nabbed a suspect.
Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, has been arrested on a murder charge, Houston Police said in a Friday afternoon press conference.
The death of Takeoff, who’s real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, reverberated across the hip hop community and country. The 28-year-old was shot twice—once in the head, and another bullet pierced his arm and torso, an autopsy report said.
A video of his final seconds alive showed him hanging out alongside his uncle and groupmate, Offset, as Offset argued about basketball before a barrage of gunshots rang out and the person recording the video fled.
Before shots were fired, a man dressed in all black could be seen holding, and then drawing, a gun. Houston Police told The Daily Beast in November that the man was a person of interest but did not identify him.
Despite video and photos of the incident going viral, public updates on the investigation into who fired the shots that killed Takeoff and injured two others—including Quavo’s 23-year-old assistant Joshua “Wash” Washington—dried up.
No details were released for weeks, and police were tight-lipped about who attended a Halloween party that preceded the shooting until Nov. 22, when they arrested 22-year-old Cameron Isiah Joshua for allegedly carrying a weapon illegally at the shindig.
Joshua was arrested after security footage allegedly captured him with the weapon. Prosecutors have been adamant, however, to clarify that they don’t think Joshua was the one who gunned down Takeoff, saying the charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon was “appropriate.”
Houston police previously said they didn’t believe Takeoff would have been the target of the shooting.
Police Chief Troy Finner said in November that Takeoff was notoriously “peaceful” and cops had “no reason to believe that he was involved in anything criminal at the time.”
Finner did say, however, that an argument broke out prior to shots being fired, and that police had recovered bullet casings from two guns at the scene.
Takeoff’s record label Quality Control claimed in a statement that the Atlanta native was killed by a “stray bullet.”
The rapper’s whereabouts were well documented on Instagram on his final night. He was seemingly bouncing around Houston with Quavo and Jas Prince, who was celebrating his birthday. One post showed the group in Fifth Ward, a Houston neighborhood, around 9:30 p.m., soon followed by posts at a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling in downtown Houston.
The shooting happened outside the venue at around 2:30 a.m., Finner said. An 810 Billiards spokesperson said it happened outside its doors after closing.
Offset, who’d broken away from Migos to perform solo, paused his shows as people worldwide mourned Takeoff.
Offset and Takeoff had reportedly been at odds with each other when he left the group, but he later said he was in “unbearable” pain after the shooting.
“I wish I could hug you one last time,” he wrote. “Laugh one last time. Smoke one last time. Perform one last time…I love you forever, 4L and after.”
Earlier Friday, Offset played his first show since Takeoff’s death, performing at Miami club E11EVEN as Art Basel kicked off.
The rapper, who’s real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, dedicated his performance to Takeoff.
“We’re doing this for my brother,” Offset reportedly told the crowd. “For Takeoff, let’s do this shit.”