Local hip-hop artist gunned down while leaving a Woodhaven bar in early morning murder

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Detectives are looking for the suspect who shot and killed a local rap artist as he left a Woodhaven bar early on Sunday morning, it was reported.

Law enforcement sources said 35-year-old Frank Synder of Brooklyn exited from the Tavern Lounge located at 97-07 Jamaica Ave. just after 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 7 when gunshots rang out.

According to sources familiar with the investigation, an unidentified shooter opened fire from inside of a black, four-door sedan nearby. Snyder suffered gunshot wounds to his leg and neck. Seconds later, the vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics transported Snyder to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to WABC-TV, Snyder — who went by Frankie Lewis and the stage name Hollywood Play — regularly staged events at the Tavern Lounge and was well known in the community. His sister told NBC New York that she feared he had been specifically targeted by the suspect.

Police have not yet disclosed a description of the shooter, or a possible motive. The investigation is ongoing.

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