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Police Search For Shooting Suspect Responsible For Death of Queens Rapper Chinx

May 18, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police Search For Shooting Suspect Responsible For Death of Queens Rapper Chinx

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Police are hunting for the gunman responsible for the Sunday morning shooting death of Queens-born rapper Chinx, gunned down in his car early Sunday morning.

Chinx, whose real name is Lionel Pickens, 31 died suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his chest in the Briarwood section of Queens.

The rapper’s widow, Janelli Pickens spoke to Eyewitness News in New York Monday. The couple, who grew up together in Far Rockaway, were married eight years. Aside from his wife Pickens leaves behind three children, two daughters, ages 14 and 11, and a 4-year old son.

“It is a hard time; we are going through a lot, It’s a very devastating situation, his kids are greatly affected by all this. They don’t quite understand, but it will hit them soon, a somber Pickens said during the interview.

She continued, “For his son, who doesn’t understand why God’s angels have come and taken his father. He just wants to know when he’s going to bring him back, and it’s hard, it’s very hard.”

“A lot of people don’t understand that this was his life, was his family,” said Pickens.

She said she planned to go out with her husband on Saturday night and would have been present in the car, but chose instead to stay home.

The incident occurred after Pickens performed at a Brooklyn nightclub Saturday night. He and a 27-year old man, who was also critically injured in the shooting, went to a bar but arrived there when it was closed.

Pickens was driving his friend to a nearby subway station around 4 a.m. Sunday in Queens when another car pulled up on Queens Blvd, and a gunman opened fire, hitting Pickens eight 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. The passenger in the car was struck in the back and suffered a punctured lung, and is listed in stable condition.

A memorial has been set up at the shooting scene, where friends and fans have been gathering. On Sunday night, a constant stream of mourners gathered in Queens to honor him the best way they know – by playing his music.

DJ Babyface spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News. He was one of the last people to see the rapper 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.”

Originally from Far Rockaway, Pickens was a member of fellow rapper French Montana’s ‘Coke Boys’. A murder investigation is currently underway. So far, police have no motive. Investigators plan to review footage from surveillance cameras along Queens Boulevard.

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