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Rapper Chinx shot dead as he drove Porsche in Queens

Lionel (Chinx) Pickens, shown at the Consequence Bottle Girls release party in 2014 in New York City, died in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in Queens.Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Lionel (Chinx) Pickens, shown at the Consequence Bottle Girls release party in 2014 in New York City, died in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in Queens.

Ironically, Chinx's first solo album was titled "Hurry Up & Die Vol. 1: Get Ya Casket On."Brad Barket/Getty Images for BET

Ironically, Chinx’s first solo album was titled “Hurry Up & Die Vol. 1: Get Ya Casket On.”

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  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Chinx Drugz attends the Consequence Bottle Girls release party at Starlets on May 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
  • NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Hip-hop artist Chinx attends 106 & Park on June 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for BET)

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An up-and-coming Queens rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting in his home borough Sunday.

Lionel Pickens, 31, who performed as Chinx, was shot multiple times, and passenger Antar Alziadi, 27, hit twice in the back in the rapper’s Porsche, at about 4a.m. on Queens Blvd. at 84th Drive in Briarwood, cops said.

Pickens had performed at around 2:30 a.m. at Club Red Wolf in Brooklyn, and the pair had tried to go to a nearby hookah bar, which was closed, cops said.

The shooter sped off while the rapper’s silver Porsche Panamera 4 rolled for about a block and came to a stop in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts. At least seven bullet holes pierced the front and rear driver-side windows.

An employee at the Dunkin’ Donuts said Pickens looked lifeless in the driver’s seat when cops arrived at the scene.

“The police came and they opened up the door,” said Bibekanada Das, who was working in the kitchen when the shooting occurred. “All you could see was the guy laid out in the seat.”

From left, Khloe Kardashian, Cassie and French Montana hang out with Chinx, who died early Sunday in a Queens drive-by shooting.MPI613/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

From left, Khloe Kardashian, Cassie and French Montana hang out with Chinx, who died early Sunday in a Queens drive-by shooting.

Lionel (Chinx) Pickens, posted this image to the Instagram. Pickens was killed in a drive-by shooting in Queens early Sunday, a police source said.Instagram

Lionel (Chinx) Pickens posted this image to Instagram.

Chinx, real name Lionel Pickens, performs at a Power 105.1 concert in 2014.Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Chinx, real name Lionel Pickens, performs at a Power 105.1 concert in 2014.

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Emergency responders rushed both victims to Jamaica Hospital, where Pickens was pronounced dead and Alziadi, who goes by the nickname Yemen Cheese, was in critical but stable condition.

Alziadi later posted a messaged on Instagram proclaiming the rapper had “saved” him.

Chinx was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys group and record label. He also issued multiple independently produced mixtapes.

Antar Alziadi, also known as Yemen Cheese, was in the vehicle with Chinx during the shooting. Antar Alziadi/via Instagram

Antar Alziadi, also known as Yemen Cheese, was in the vehicle with Chinx during the shooting.

Enlarge Antar Alziadi, also known as Yemen Cheese, was in the vehicle with Chinx during the shooting. Antar Alziadi/via Instagram

Antar Alziadi, also known as Yemen Cheese, was in the vehicle with Chinx during the shooting.

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Antar Alziadi, also known as Yemen Cheese, was in the vehicle with Chinx during the shooting.

His label and managers posted a picture of the rapper on Instagram and mourned his death.

“It is with a heavy heart that the Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel ‘Chinx’ Pickens this morning,” an Instagram post by the Legion Media Group said. “Chinx’s dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered.

Pickens friends were struggling to understand what happened.

Police on Sunday investigate the scene of the fatal drive-by shooting on Queens Blvd. at 84th Drive, which claimed the life of rapper Chinx and injured his friend.Marc A. Hermann/for New York Daily News

Police on Sunday investigate the scene of the fatal drive-by shooting on Queens Blvd. at 84th Drive, which claimed the life of rapper Chinx and injured his friend.

Seven bullet holes riddle the windows of killed hip hop artist Chinx's Porsche.Marc A. Hermann for New York Daily News

Seven bullet holes riddle the windows of killed hip hop artist Chinx’s Porsche.

Police on Sunday investigate the scene of the fatal drive-by shooting on Queens Blvd. at 84th Drive, which claimed the life of rapper Chinx and injured his friend.Alex Rud/for the New York Daily News

The drive-by happened about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Police on Sunday investigate the scene of the fatal drive-by shooting on Queens Blvd. at 84th Drive, which claimed the life of rapper Chinx and injured his friend.Alex Rud/ for the New York Daily News

After the killing, an Instagram account with the tagline “gang worldwide” bragged about gunning down the rapper.

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“He was a young kid that I watched grow up around the way. It hurts,” said Vasco Alder, 35, a childhood friend of the hip hop performer.

Rap superstar Jay Z gave him a shoutout during a show at Terminal 5 in Manhattan on Sunday night.

“A young man got killed in Queens, his name is Chinx … Rest in peace, Chinx,” he said.

A woman who identified herself as Pickens’ aunt told the Daily News the father of three “was a very humble, positive role model.”

Pickens grew up in the Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway and later moved to the Edgemere Houses, friends and family said.

“He was always getting groups together to play ball and sing and dance,” recalled Frances Wilkins, 80, a Redfern resident.

Pickens began rapping when he was in junior high in Far Rockaway. But his career was stalled when he did four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to robbing an auto body shop and selling drugs.

Upon his release, he developed ties to Montana, the on-again off-again boyfriend of Khloé Kardashian.

Montana posted a picture of him and Pickens on his Instagram late Sunday with the message “who would have thought!! I’ll ever get that call!!”

Kardashian also posted a collage of Instagram photos of Chinx on Sunday, writing, “We’ve only known each other a short time but it was the best time, full of memories that I will cherish forever! I miss you Chinxy #TheWolfPack #RIPChinx.”

“Another brother gone without reaching his full potential,” Rob Kardashian said in one of two tweets. His other Twitter post included a photo of him with Chinx.

After the killing, an Instagram account with the tagline “Gang Worldwide Queens 124th” bragged about gunning down the rapper. The Teamshabbaofficial Instagram account posted pictures of guns and a photo of the bullet-ridden Porsche.

The Teamshabbaofficial page appears to be based in Sweden, according to a report.

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