BRIARWOOD, Queens (PIX11) — A drive-by shooting in Queens killed 31-year-old rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens and critically injured another early Sunday.
Police responded to a 911 call in Briarwood around 4 a.m., where they found the two victims in a Porsche on Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive. Pickens was transported to Jamaica Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his torso, where he was pronounced dead.
Pickens grew up in Far Rockaway, where “he was surrounded by a level of poverty that drove people into drugs, the ghetto and the streets,” he wrote on his website. His management team and publicist issued a statement on the Legion Media Group’s Instagram.
“Chinx’s dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered,” they wrote.