Two Long Island men have been indicted for the murder of a 31-year-old rapper during a drive-by shooting in the victim’s hometown of Queens two years ago, New York City authorities said.
Jamar Hill, 26, of Valley Stream, and 32-year-old Quincy Homere of Baldwin were charged Thursday 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.
“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,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. “Such violence has no place in a civilized society.”
Prosecutors said the duo shot Lionel Pickens of Ozone Park, also known as Chinx, as the suspects followed Pickens from Brooklyn to Queens after Pickens performed at a nightclub at 4:04 a.m. on May 17, 2015.
Hills and Homere fired a weapon at Pickens’ Porsche near Main Street and Queens Boulevard, striking Pickens and his passenger, 27-year-old Antar Alziadi, multiple times, authorities said.
Officers from the 107th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Both men were rushed to Jamaica hospital, where Pickens was pronounced dead and Alziadi was treated for his injuries.
If convicted, Hills and Homere face up to 25 years to life in prison.