New York rapper and Coke Boys affiliate Lionel “Chinx” Pickens was shot and killed while driving down Queens Boulevard on Sunday morning. The 31-year-old rapper died from multiple gunshot wounds and his unidentified 27-year-old passenger is critically injured.
MTV News reports that at approximately 4AM, the police responded to a 911 call and found Chinx and his passenger near Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive in Briarwood, Queens. Chinx and his passenger were rushed to Jamaica Hospital where Chinx was pronounced dead. His passenger is currently in the hospital in critical but stable condition.
According to The New York Daily News, eyewitness reports say the shooter sped off after unleashing a volley of at least seven shots on the victim’s silver Porsche. The police have made no arrests.
A member of French Montana’s Coke Boys crew and record label, Chinx is best known for his Cocaine Riot mixtape series that spawned singles like 2012’s “I’m A Coke Boy” and 2014’s “Feelings”:
His management team and publicist issued a statement via Legion Media Group’s Instagram confirming reports and mourning the loss.
It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel "Chinx" Pickens this morning. He was 31. Few details are available about his passing but his management confirmed his passing this morning. The rapper from Queens, New York was a member of French Montana's Coke Boys. Chinx's dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered "Chinx was one of the most talented, professional, and determined rappers this industry had to offer," said Publicist Chanel Rae, "Further more, he was a friend." #RIPChinx #teamLegion
Coke Boys also posted a statement on Facebook expressing their sadness:
UPDATE: As XXL points out, Rockaway news source ontherockaway.com reports that three men have been arrested in Far Rockaway today, rumored to be connected to Chinx’s murder. Though he was shot in Queens, the rapper was a resident of Far Rockaway, and according to the site’s sources these men may be connected to the incident.
The rapper’s family also posted a statement via Chinx’s Instagram:
To all the fans, and people who have supported Chinx on his journey, on behalf of his family, close friends, and management team, we say, Thank You! Your kind words are appreciated. We ask that the family's privacy be respected in this time of bereavement. Memorial arrangements will be announced shortly.
And the other passenger from the shooting has come forward, it is Coke Boys affiliate Yemen Cheese. He posted two Instagram photos, one of himself in the hospital and an old photo of him and Chinx together:
We will continue to update this story as it develops.