Rapper Chinx Fatally Shot in Queens

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Queens-born rapper Chinx, real name Lionel Pickens, died Sunday from eight or more gunshots fired in close-range while he was sitting in his vehicle on Queens Boulevard with his friend Antar Alziadi, 27.

After the shooting, Pickens, 31, parked in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts while the assailant’s car drove away. Alziadi survived his wounds but Pickens died later at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, the New York Times reports.

Police have yet to arrest anyone for involvement in the shooting.

In Pickens’ home neighborhood of Far Rockaway, Queens, the atmosphere turned mournful as residents paid tribute to the fallen artist.

“The only way out of Far Rockaway is either death or jail,” one resident told the Times.


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