An up-and-coming rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting in Queens early Sunday, a police source said.
Lionel Pickens, 31, who goes by the stage name Chinx, was shot multiple times and a 27-year-old passenger in the Porsche was hit twice in the back about 4 a.m. as they traveled on Queens Blvd. at 84th Dr. in Briarwood, cops said.
The shooter sped off while the victim’s silver Porsche Panamera 4 came to a stop about a block down the street in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts. At least seven bullet holes pierced the front and rear driver-side windows.
An employee at the coffee shop said Pickens looked lifeless in the driver seat when cops arrived at the scene.
“The police came and they opened up the door,” said Bibekanada Das, who was working in the kitchen when the shooting occurred. “All you could see was the guy laid out in the seat.”
Emergency responders rushed both victims to Jamaica Hospital, where Pickens died and the younger man was listed in critical but stable condition, police said.
Pickens performed hours before the fatal shooting at Club Red Wolf in Brooklyn, his Twitter page indicated.
In 2009, Pickens released his first solo album, “Hurry Up & Die Vol. 1: Get Ya Casket On.” He is a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys group and record label.
His Label and managers posted a picture of the rapper on Instagram and mourned his death.
“It is with a heavy heart that the Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel ‘Chinx’ Pickens this morning,” an Instagram post by the Legion Media Group said. “Chinx’s dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered.”