Ski mask-wearing gunman kills man with ties to 50 Cent's G-Unit rap group in Queens
A rapper with close ties to 50 Cent was shot and killed Friday when a gunman in a black ski mask unloaded on an SUV full of people in Queens, police said.
Mazaradi Fox, 42, whose real name was Jamal Green, was killed at Farmers Blvd. and 134th Ave. in Jamaica about 4:10 p.m. when the shooter rolled up to his white SUV and opened fire.
Police sources said Fox, released from prison just two weeks ago, stumbled out of the Nissan SUV and collapsed in a driveway.
Three other people in the SUV were wounded, including a 21-year-old man who was hit in the neck and shoulder and was in critical condition, police said. A second man, age 22, was wounded in the arm, and the fourth victim, a woman in her 20s — believed to be Fox’s daughter according to thisis50.com — suffered a graze wound to the neck, police said.
Mazaradi Fox, aka Jamal Green, 42, is pictured here with 50 Cent in 2006. He was once part of the rap group G-Unit.
Paramedics rushed the survivors to Jamaica Hospital.
Fox, a native of Jamaica, Queens, got out of prison Dec. 20 after serving two years for an attempted assault. He was also convicted of attempted murder in 1998, according to court records.
He was a childhood friend of 50 Cent and was affiliated with the “In Da Club” rapper’s crew G-Unit. A spokesman for 50 Cent’s record company said Fox never signed with the label.
Fox, who was released from prison Dec. 20, stumbled out of the Nissan SUV and collapsed in a driveway.
He ultimately parted company with 50 Cent and started his own rap label, Dumout, according to thisis50.com.
Family friends said Fox helped raise D’Aja Robinson, a 14-year-old girl shot dead while riding on a city bus through Jamaica in May. Relatives of the murdered girl said they considered Fox to be D’Aja’s stepfather.
Fox and 50 Cent hadn’t talked in some time, but 50 Cent attended D’Aja’s funeral and paid for the horse and carriage that carried the teen’s casket.
The shooting victim's body lies on the sidewalk.
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50 Cent was in his New York studio when he heard Fox was murdered.
“Saddened by the news of Mazaradi’s tragic passing,” he tweeted. “My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Cops were searching for the sedan Friday night.
Residents were stunned by the bloodshed.
“We’re not used to this,” said Tiffany Jackson, 19, who lives near the crime scene. “This is a safe area. We don’t have issues. I live next to a preacher and a post office.”