BRIARWOOD, Queens (PIX11) -- A drive-by shooting in Queens killed 31-year-old rapper Lionel "Chinx" Pickens and critically injured another man early Sunday.
Police responded to a 911 call in Briarwood around 4 a.m., where they found the two victims in a Porsche on Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive. Pickens was transported to Jamaica Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his torso, where he was pronounced dead.
A makeshift memorial has been set up at the site where the silver Porsche still sits amid the crime scene investigation.
Pickens collaborated with French Montana and NORE as part of the label Coke Boys Records. He posted a photo to his Instagram just hours before the shooting, and a tweet posted at 3:48 p.m. revealed he would be at Brooklyn club Redwolf later that night.
Pickens grew up in Far Rockaway, where "he was surrounded by a level of poverty that drove people into drugs, the ghetto and the streets," he wrote on his website. His management team and publicist issued a statement on the Legion Media Group's Instagram.
"Chinx's dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered," they wrote.
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." #RIPChinx #teamLegion
The rapper's fans and followers took to social media to express their shock at his sudden passing.
The other victim, a 27-year-old man who was not identified by police, was shot in the back. He remains at Jamaica Medical Center listed in critical condition.
No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.