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Rapper Takeoff, of the hit band Migos, was shot dead in Houston, according to US media reports.
Police told Variety magazine that the rapper was killed at a bowling alley where he was shooting craps with his uncle and bandmate Quavo on Tuesday morning.
The star, whose real name was Kirshnik Khari Ball, was 28 years old.
Migos were one of the most influential groups of his generation, pioneering a staccato, staccato triplet style of rapping known as “Migos flow.”
The band, which broke up earlier this year, has had several international hits, including Bad and Boujee, Versace and Walk It Talk It.
The shooting took place around 02:30 local time (0730 GMT) on a balcony outside 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley in Houston.
Police said 40 to 50 guests were at a private party at the venue when someone started shooting. Security guards in the area heard the shots but did not see who opened fire.
When they arrived, officers said they located a large crowd and a man with a gunshot wound to the head or neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say they are studying CCTV footage of the incident and asking the public for information.
Takeoff had previously posted photos of himself bowling on Instagram. Crime scene images shared on social media appeared to show a man in similar clothing lying on the ground.
Reports that Quavo was also injured in the incident have not been confirmed. Police said two other victims were driven to hospital in private vehicles.