A man from Valley Stream and a man from Baldwin were charged last week with the 2015 murder of rap artist Chinx in Briarwood, the Queens district attorney said.
“In another example of the mindless gun violence plaguing our country, a young, up-and coming musician had his life and career dramatically cut short by a burst of senseless shooting that also wounded an acquaintance,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a news release. “Such violence has no place in a civilized society.”
Brown and New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced that a grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging the two men with the fatal May 2015 shooting of rapper Lionel Pickens, 31, who performed under the stage name Chinx, and the wounding of Antar Alziadi, 27, as they sat in the musician’s vehicle.
Jamar Hill, 26, of Valley Stream, and Quincy Homere, 32, of Baldwin, were each charged with one count each of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, they each face 25 years to life in prison.
According to court documents, on May 17, 2015, Hill and Homere followed Pickens, 31, from a nightclub performance in Brooklyn into Queens before firing a weapon at Pickens’ Porsche in the vicinity of Main Street and Queens Boulevard.
Both Pickens and his passenger, Antar Alziadi, were struck multiple times. The two men were transported to a local hospital, where Pickens was pronounced dead and Alziadi was treated for his injuries.
“This indictment shows that the two defendants essentially stalked their victims before shooting them and making a getaway,” O’Neill said in a news release. “But through the talent and tenacity of the Queens South detectives, working closely with the office of the Queens District Attorney, they have now been brought back to answer for this violent act.”