A local Brooklyn rapper was shot and killed outside of a club in Queens, New York, early Sunday, according to reports.
Frank Snyder, 35, who performed under the stage name Hollywood Play, was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds to the neck after being rushed for emergency treatment, according to PIX11.
Police were alerted to the shooting after Snyder had been gunned down at around 3:00 a.m. at the Tavern Bar and Lounge in the Woodhaven area of Queens during an event he was hosting.
No arrests had been made in connection to the shooting as of Sunday
Friends say that Snyder had held events in the area and is well-known in the neighborhood, according to WABC-TV, a New York-based ABC affiliate. Social media posts from the night indicate that Snyder was celebrating a birthday.
Investigators believe that Snyder had stepped out of the club and was gunned down by an individual in a car that was passing by and then fled, according to WABC-TV.
Multiple gunshots had been fired, but only Snyder had been struck by bullets.
Police told the New York Post the shots came from a black sedan.
Although it was not clear to them if Snyder had been the target of the attack, friends of the artist say they are sure he was their intended victims — although no clear motive has been established.
“They targeted him,” friend Tiesajah Reynolds told to the New York Post. “There was a couple other people outside. I feel like they had to wait for the right moment to get him. I don’t understand, why him? Why come after him? They had to be waiting for him.”
A fellow rapper called Chedda Boss said he was shocked by the news.
“When I woke up and saw [on social media] ‘RIP,’ I’m like, no, not my man Frankie. And my first thought was, damn, I hope he didn’t pass away in a car accident,” Boss said to the New York Post. “I would never have thought he’d gotten shot, because that’s not the kind of life that he lived.”
Boss also noted that Snyder worked hard to give back to the community.