Two Nassau County men have been indicted in the fatal 2015 shooting of the Queens-based rapper Chinx, prosecutors said Thursday.
Chinx, whose real name was Lionel Pickens, died in a May 17, 2015 drive-by shooting on Queens Boulevard in Briarwood, police said. Antar Alziadi, 27, a passenger in the Porsche driven by Pickens, 31, was critically injured in the shooting.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Thursday in a news release that a grand jury had returned a five-count indictment against Jamar Hill, 26, of Valley Stream, and Quincy Homere, 32, of Baldwin.
The two were arraigned and held without bail by Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth J. Holder. Hill and Homere were each charged with one count of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, and first-degree assault as well as two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Brown said in a joint statement with NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
Both men were already behind bars due to previous arrests and face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, prosecutors said. Lawyers for the defendants were not immediately available.
Homere and Hill followed Pickens from a nightclub performance in Brooklyn, firing a weapon into the Porsche, prosecutors said. Both Pickens and Alziadi “were struck multiple times,” according to Brown.
The victims were transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where Pickens was pronounced dead and Alziadi was admitted in critical condition. The status of Alziadi’s recovery was not immediately known.
Authorities did not give a motive for the shooting or say what led them to the suspects.
Pickens, who was from Far Rockaway, initially gained fame under the name Chinx Drugz, later going by Chinx. He was living in Ozone Park, Queens, at the time of the shooting, Newsday reported.
The NYPD said at that time that Pickens and a small group had driven to the Cloud 9 hookah lounge on Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows, Queens, following a performance at the Red Wolf nightclub in Brooklyn — only to find the lounge was closed.
Police said 12 shots were fired from a 9mm handgun as Pickens drove in the early morning near Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive, with “at least” seven rounds striking the Porsche.
Brown called the shooting “another example of the mindless gun violence plaguing our country,” adding that “a young, up-and-coming musician had his life and career dramatically cut short by a burst of senseless shooting . . . ”
O’Neill said the indictment “shows that the two defendants essentially stalked their victims before shooting them and making a getaway.”
The commissioner said that “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.”
Hill, who was being held by the city’s Department of Corrections, was arrested in 2011 on an assault charge and in 2015 on a robbery charge, officials said. Homere had been arrested four times before, officials said, and records show he was being held at the federal detention center in Brooklyn.
Homere was arrested on a marijuana charge in 2003, for possession of a forged instrument in 2006, and criminal possession of a weapon in 2015, officials said. In 2010, the NYPD had picked him up at the request of another agency.
Also on Thursday, Homere was arraigned on a weapons possession/marijuana indictment by the same judge, officials said.
He had been released on $75,000 bail on that charge, but had failed to show up for his Supreme Court arraignment. Holder set a new bail of $100,000 for that offense.