The location where 50 Cent was shot
Shooting Location in Queens, New York
This is the location where 50 Cent was shot.
The shooting occurred outside of his grandmother's former home at 140–52 161st Street in Jamaica, New York.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was ambushed and shot nine times with a 9mm handgun while he was entering a friend's car.
The incident took place on May 24th, 2000—roughly three years before his debut studio album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'", propelled him to fame.
Jackson survived the attack despite being hit in the face and chest at close range. After spending nearly two weeks in the hospital, he moved to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, where he spent the next five months recovering from his injuries.
The gunman who allegedly shot 50 Cent was a gang associate named Darryl Baum.
Baum was a childhood friend and former bodyguard of heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson.
He was also heavily involved in street crime.
It is believed that a drug lord named Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff ordered the hit on Jackson after he mentioned his name in one of his songs.
McGriff had close ties to a record label called Murder Inc., which he was reportedly using to launder money. Two months before the shooting, 50 Cent got into an altercation with several associates of the record label.
All of this eventually culminated in money being put on the rapper's head.
Baum was the gunman who allegedly agreed to carry out the contract.
Roughly two weeks after the failed attempt on Jackson's life, Baum was murdered in an unrelated gang shooting in Brooklyn.
Where was 50 Cent shot?
The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:
140-52 161st Street, Queens, New York, NY 11434, USA
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The street where 50 Cent was shot is situated in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York. It is roughly 120 yards north of where Belt Parkway meets Guy R. Brewer Boulevard.
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South Jamaica is situated close to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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50 Cent's grandmother's house
50 Cent's grandmother's house was located at 140–52 161st Street in South Jamaica, Queens.
This was the rapper's childhood home. He started living here with his grandparents after his mother, Sabrina, died in a fire when he was 8 years old.
Sabrina was a drug dealer who gave birth to Jackson when she was a teenager.
Following her death, it did not take long for him to follow in her footsteps.
In 1994, the 18-year-old was charged with felony drug offenses after the police raided this address and discovered heroin and crack cocaine.
When threatened with a maximum prison sentence of nine years, Jackson agreed to serve six months in a correctional boot camp in upstate New York.
This Google Street View image of 161st Street was taken in 2020. The red arrow is pointing to Jackson's grandmother's former house.
The shooting took place at around 12 p.m. on May 24th, 2000, shortly after the rapper had jumped into the passenger seat of his friend's car.
Following the failed hit, his friend (who also suffered a bullet wound to his hand) drove them both to the hospital.
Darryl Baum and Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff
In early 2000, 50 Cent created a song called "Ghetto Quran", which mentioned Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff's criminal activities:
"Yo, when you hear talk of the Southside, you hear talk of the team.
See n****s feared Prince and respected Preme."
This line referenced the "Supreme Team," a drug organization that McGriff founded in the 1980s.
When the lyrics were leaked, Supreme responded by putting a hit out on 50 Cent's head.
Darryl Baum, who was nicknamed "Hommo" for "homicide", was the gunman who allegedly attempted to "cash in" on the contract.
Baum was a close friend of boxer Mike Tyson, as the pair had spent time at a juvenile center together.
On June 10th, 2000, Hommo was shot dead in retaliation for the killing of Myron Hardy, a co-founder of the Cash Money Brothers (CMB) gang in Lafayette Gardens.
In 2003, 50 Cent referenced Baum in his song "Many Men (Wish Death)":
"In the Bible, it says what goes around, comes around. Hommo shot me, three weeks later he got shot down."
50 Cent revisited the site where he was shot
In 2012, 50 Cent revisited the site where he was shot and pointed out the exact location where his friend's car was parked.
The shooting took place beside this black fire hydrant, which is just one door up from his grandmother's house.
Shrapnel from one of the bullets hit Jackson in the tongue, leaving him with a distinctively slurred voice.
Other locations that are relatively close to this address:
Roughly 3 miles away.
Death Location in Queens, New York