Three men from Southeast Queens, including a former associate of rap star 50 Cent, were shot and killed in the first three days of 2014.
According to police at the NYPD’s 113th Precinct, Jamal Green, 42, of Springfield Gardens, who performed under the name Mazaradi Fox, was one of four people shot on Friday afternoon when a shooter pulled up alongside his SUV and sprayed the vehicle with gunfire.
The NYPD also said that Julio Mora, 22, of Richmond Hill, was killed in Jamaica in the early-morning hours of Jan. 1. Malik Bhola, 17, of Springfield Gardens, was shot and killed in Brooklyn about 90 minutes later.
Police at the 113th said Green and three others were stopped near the intersection of 134th Avenue, where Green lived, and Farmers Boulevard at about 4:10 p.m.
Various published reports state that the gunman pulled up and fled in a dark-colored sedan.
Green got out of the vehicle and fell to the sidewalk with a bullet wound in his torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene by city EMS personnel.
Three others in the SUV were wounded. A 21-year-old man sitting in the SUV was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in serious condition with wounds to his neck and one shoulder.
A 22-year-old man was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in stable condition with a leg wound. A woman whom police said was 32 was taken to Jamaica with a graze wound on her neck and also was listed in stable condition.
No arrests have been made. Police did not identify the type of gun they believe was used in the shooting.
Published reports state that Green had just been released from prison two weeks ago. The Chronicle could not determine if that sentence was connected with time he served on an attempted assault charge in connection with the 2009 shooting of Rashawn Carter.
Carter, who was shot twice, survived the incident, only to be shot to death on 164th Street in Jamaica in February 2010 when three vehicles pulled up alongside him.
Deputy Inspector Charles McEvoy, commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct, witnessed Carter’s killing while out on patrol and arrested one of the suspects following a brief chase.
Green and 50 Cent appeared to have ended any musical or professional association, though the rapper acknowledged his death on Twitter on Jan. 3.
“Saddened by the news of Mazaradi’s tragic passing my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends #smsaudio.”
It was followed the next day by: “Simple math a mask = my friends killing my friends.South Side#smsaudio http://instagram.com/p/ixAqNmsL9Y/.”
Multiple social media outlets referred to Green with the moniker “Southside” or “South Side,” an apparent reference to his Jamaica neighborhood.
50 Cent’s website, thisis50.com, corrected media reports that said Green was under contract with his G-Unit recording label.
“We’re sorry to hear about the tragic news,” the statement on the website said. “Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends. Despite reports, he was never on the G-Unit record label.”
Green would found his own label, Dumout Records, which had not acknowledged his death on its website as of Monday.
Singer and fellow Queens native Nicki Minaj also tweeted her condolences.
“IG: @NickiMinaj @NICKIMINAJ 3 Jan. RIP Mazaradi Fox.”
The first of the two Jan. 1 shootings also took place in the 113th Precinct, that one at 1:14 a.m. inside a building on 113th Avenue when police responded to a 911 call reporting that a man had been stabbed.
Officers responded to find Julio Mora of 88th Avenue in Richmond Hill, who was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel.
An autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Mora had suffered a gunshot wound to his chest.
Police have identified Sheldon Smith, whose address was not disclosed, as being wanted in connection with the case.
He is described at a 26-year-old black male who is 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Police in Brooklyn’s 83rd Precinct said Malik Bhola of 225th Street in Springfield Gardens was reported shot multiple times at 2:54 a.m. in front of 1461 Bushwick Ave.
He was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
All three killings remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public also can submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.