South Jamaica man charged in murder of 50 Cent’s friend

By Rich Bockmann

Borough prosecutors charged a South Jamaica man Tuesday with ambushing a rapper associated with 50 Cent and his friends last month, but authorities said a second gunman remained on the loose.

The Queens district attorney’s office said Jamal Scott, 35, was charged with murder, attempted murder and weapons possession for his suspected role in the Jan. 3 shooting in Springfield Gardens that left one person dead and three injured.

“In another unfortunate example of the senseless gun violence that seems to more and more permeate our society, the defendant and an unapprehended other are accused of fatally shooting one victim in the chest and wounding three others as they sat helplessly inside a non-moving vehicle,” DA Richard Brown said. “The defendant’s alleged actions were violent and ruthless and the charges against him will be vigorously prosecuted.”

Authorities said Scott and his alleged accomplice were waiting near the corner of 134th Avenue and Farmers Boulevard when a Nissan Rogue carrying Jamal Green, a hip-hop artist who went by the name Mazaradi Fox, and four others pulled up to the stop sign.

The gunmen allegedly opened fire on the SUV, fatally striking Green in the chest and wounding three other passengers, Brown said.

Police said they picked Scott up Monday morning at his job in Midtown Manhattan.

The district attorney said Scott was waiting to be arraigned on one count of second-degree murder, three counts of second-degree attempted murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, Brown added.

Green, 42, was released from prison just two weeks before being murdered, having served a 2 1/2-year sentence for attempted assault. He had previously spent four years in prison on weapons charges.

After being released, he was living with his girlfriend at her home just down the block from where he was gunned down.

Green was best known in the music world for his ties to South Jamaica native 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson, who tweeted about his friend’s death.

“Saddened by the news of Mazaradi’s tragic passing my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends #smsaudio,” the rapper tweeted.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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