Queens shooting kills rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens, critically injures another

BRIARWOOD, Queens (PIX11) — A shooting in Queens killed 31-year-old rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens and critically injured another early Sunday, police said.

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 collaborated with French Montana and NORE as part of the label Coke Boys Records. He posted a photo to his Instagram just hours before the shooting.

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 in his bio. 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.

The rapper’s fan and followers took to social media to express their shock at the his sudden passing.

The other victim, a 27-year-old man who was not identified by police, was shot in the back. He remains at Jamaica Medical Center listed in critical condition.

No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.



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