BRIARWOOD (WABC) — Queens-born rapper Chinx was in in his element and had no clue Saturday night would be his last performance.
Roughly an hour after cell phone video was taken of 31-year-old Lionel Pickens aka Chinx, someone opened fire, fatally shooting the rapper. The windows on the driver’s side of his Porsche are now riddled with bullet holes. Another person was wounded, and is in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital.
DJ Babyface spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News. He was one of the last people to see Chinx alive, and said he didn’t have any problems with anybody Saturday night at the club.
“A lot of love from everybody,” he said, “the crowd just gave him the energy – he just kept on and on.”
Pickens left Red Wolf in Brooklyn and dropped a friend at the train on Queens Boulevard. At 4:04 a.m., police say another car drove up, and a gunman opened fire, striking Pickens multiple times.
“As soon as I heard gunshots, I ducked,” says eyewitness Raymond Rivera.
Rivera was up the block where Pickens, though shot, was able to drive his Porsche. Pickens then crashed his Porsche into another 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.
Originally from Far Rockaway, Pickens was a member of fellow rapper French Montana’s ‘Coke Boys’.
In a statement, the Legion Media Group said:
“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.”
An investigation is currently underway into the shooting. So far, police have no motive.