News Queens rapper Lionel 'Chinx' Pickens shot to death, passenger critically injured, in drive-by Rapper "Chinx" has been shot. Queens-born rapper Lionel Chinx" Pickens, seen on June 11, 2014, best know as a member of French Montana's Coke Boys, was shot to death and his passenger severely injured in a drive-by shooting May 17, 2015. He was 31. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Brad Barket By ALISON FOX firstname.lastname@example.org @AlisonFox Updated May 17, 2015 9:20 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A Queens rapper was shot to death and his passenger severely injured in a drive-by shooting early yesterday in the Briarwood area, the NYPD said. The rapper, Lionel aChinxa Pickens, 31, was driving west on Queens Boulevard at 84th Drive when a car pulled up next to him just before 4 a.m. and started shooting, peppering the car with bullets, according to police. The pair came to a stop at a Dunkina Donuts near 84th Drive and called 911 themselves, police said. Pickens, who was shot multiple times in the torso, was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His 27-year-old passenger was shot in the back and taken to the same hospital in critical condition. Pickens, raised in Far Rockaway, was a member of the Coke Boys and released several projects, including his 2012 record, aIam A Coke Boy,a featuring French Montana, according to his website. aI donat want to fit in,a Pickens was quoted as saying on the site. aI want people to respect my music. I have the drive to be original and to stay true to who I am as a person and as an artist, and not create a gimmick with my artistry.a A law-enforcement official said Pickens had been arrested on a first-degree robbery charge in Suffolk County in 2003. Following his conviction, he was sentenced to prison, where he served three years beginning in 2005. He also had been arrested on drug charges in Suffolk in the late 1990s, the source said, and had another arrest on an attempted murder charge. Police were still looking for possible suspects yesterday. A motive for the shooting was not immediately clear. But the law-enforcement official said the rapper, who had just given a performance at the Red Wolf Inn in Brooklyn, was targeted. aThis was a hit, no doubt about it,a the official said. (with Anthony M. Destefano)a By ALISON FOX email@example.com @AlisonFox Alison covers law enforcement and breaking news. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.