Rapper Chinx was shot and killed in Queens, New York in the early morning of Sunday as he dropped a friend at the Briarwood subway station.
Authorities say the rapper, whose real name is Lionel Pickens, was driving on Queens Boulevard around 4am when his car – a Porsche Panamera – was shot several times, striking Chinx. Seven bullet holes were pierced on the driver’s side of the car.
The friend had stepped into the station when he heard gunshots and tires screeching. When he ran back out, he saw Chinx’s Porsche and another car driving in another direction.
The 31-year-old was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he later died.
Photos taken at the crime scene show the Porsche parked outside a Dunkin’ Donuts. An employee, Bibekanada Das told the New York Daily News: “The police came and they opened up the door. All you could see was the guy laid out in the seat.”
Hours earlier, Chinx performed at Club Red Wolf, according to his Twitter page.
It is unclear who is responsible for Chinx’s death.
In a 2012 interview with hip-hop magazine XXL’s website, Chinx describe the music he wanted to give to his fans: “Solely to make music that people can relate to in their everyday lives. Sometimes my songs might remind you of a time that made you sad, sometimes it’ll motivate you to wanna get money, sometimes you might wanna dance, but either way you can equate my music to what emotions you’re going through at that present time. I’m definitely trying to leave my mark with the type of music that made you feel good at one point or another.”
He went on to say how he was going to change the game: “I’ll change the game by being myself and perfecting my craft. I say so because in every “real” individual there’s a real story so if you’re dedicated to what you do enough it will show and eventually the game will gravitate towards you and everything you stand for.”