A man accused of illegally having a gun when rapper Takeoff was shot dead last month after a private party at a downtown Houston bowling alley has been charged in connection with the case, authorities said on Wednesday.
But during a court hearing, prosecutors said the suspect, Cameron Joshua, 22, is not believed to have fired a gun during the Takeoff shooting. Joshua is facing charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon for allegedly having a handgun when the rapper was killed around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 when gunfire erupted after a private party outside the 810 Billiards & Bowling.
Takeoff, whose name was Kirsnick Khari Ball backstage, formed one-third of the Grammy-nominated rap trio Migos with uncle Quavo and cousin Offset from suburban Atlanta.
“We believe that Cameron Joshua has been adequately charged in this case and we are continuing our investigation into Takeoff’s death,” Matt Gilliam, a prosecutor with the Harris County Attorney’s Office, told reporters in a brief statement after Wednesday’s hearing.
Christopher Downey, Joshua’s attorney, told reporters he saw nothing to suggest his client fired a gun or had anything to do with Takeoff’s shooting.
“The bottom line is … Cameron Joshua didn’t shoot Takeoff,” Downey said.
When asked if Joshua knew who shot Takeoff, Downey said, “We will discuss this with the DA’s office if we decide to do so.” Right now we’re being charged with criminal offenses and we’re not saying anything.”
During the hearing, a judge ruled to keep Joshua in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for next week.
Joshua also faces unlawful gun possession charges from a criminal because he allegedly had a gun when he was arrested on November 22. He was already out on bail after being charged in Harris County in September 2021 with a forged ID and with burglary of a vehicle in April. He was also convicted of grand larceny in Los Angeles County in October.
Houston police said at least two people fired guns when Takeoff was killed. Takeoff’s primary cause of death was listed as “penetrating gunshot wounds to the head and torso in the arm,” according to an autopsy.
Two others were shot but had non-life-threatening wounds.
After the shooting, investigators tried to speak to the 40 people who attended the party and fled after the shooting.
Migos first broke through in 2013 with the huge hit “Versace”. They had four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, although Takeoff wasn’t featured on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee” with Lil Uzi Vert. They released a trilogy of albums called Culture, Culture II, and Culture III, with the first two reaching #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
At a memorial service earlier this month in Atlanta, fans and recording artists such as Justin Bieber and Drake celebrated Takeoff’s musical legacy.
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