Queens Rapper Lionel ‘Chinx’ Pickens Shot In New York

Queens Rapper Lionel ‘Chinx’ Pickens Shot In New York
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Rapper Lionel Pickens, also known as Chinx, was shot dead. The incident took place when Chinx, 31, was returning from a late performance on Sunday night. He was shot multiple times in the chest by two gunmen around 4 a.m. Sunday at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive. The New York rapper, who was part of French Montana’s Coke Boys group, was soon pronounced dead.


Police informed that two men followed Chinx’s car. One of them fired at him multiple times. Another person was wounded in the incident, his condition said to be critical.

One of the eye-witnesses, DJ Babyface, said he was the last person to see Chinx alive and also informed that Chinx had no problems with anybody at the club.

“A lot of love from everybody,” he said, “the crowd just gave him the energy – he just kept on and on.”

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After the show, Pickens dropped off a friend at a train on Queens Boulevard at 4:04 a.m.

“As soon as I heard gunshots, I ducked,” says an eyewitness, Raymond Rivera. He also saw Pickens ramming his Porsche into a parked car.

“When he fell on the ground, he just laid there, he was motionless – he didn’t move, he didn’t scream,” Rivera adds.

The Legion Media Group issued a statement, saying, “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.”

According to the Associated Press, investigation is currently in progress and no arrests have been made so far. The motive behind the shooting is not yet known.