A writer/producer pal of rapper Ice-T was recently gunned down by an unidentified suspect in Long Island City, Queens. Joseph “Taheim” Bryan, 50, was shot and killed around 11:15pm on Thursday while sitting behind the wheel of his brand new Mercedes parked on Jackson Avenue.

The New York Post reported the shooter had fired about seven shots at the driver’s side of Bryan’s car leaving him with four fatal gunshot wounds on his arm and torso. He was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan where he was later pronounced dead.

According to police, the suspect was dropped off around the corner by someone driving a dark colored Mazda SUV. Footage from CCTV cameras revealed the gunman wearing black track pants, a white sweatshirt, a hat and mask, pacing around the entrance to a garage in the area while talking on the phone. He then walks across to Bryan’s 2021 sedan and opens fire on him. The shooter then hopped into the SUV as it drove off.

Bryan, who lives in Jackson Heights, had just written and produced the movie "Equal Standard," starring his long time pal Ice-T. The rapper-turned- actor said he was not in a good place with the death of his friend who is behind the driving force of his new movie.

“MFs Killed my friend last night,” Ice-T tweeted Friday night. He posted a photo of himself with Bryan along with his co-stars Tobias Truvillion and rapper “Havoc” of Mobb Deep. “He leaves a Wife & Daughter. Dirty MFs followed him home and Murdered him,” Ice-T added.

The filmmaker’s brother-in-law Gilbert Cantres said Bryan was “on the cusp” of making it and he was robbed of the fruits of his labor, puzzled even more with the fact that Bryan had no known adversaries. "It’s the why that’s killing the whole family. He didn’t have any enemies out there, not from what I know.”

The independently released “Equal Standard," was filmed on location in Queens with a cast that included other rappers. The movie’s review on IMDB was noted to have fallen notably short of its well-intentioned ambitions as it tried to honor significant viewpoints amid the rising racial tensions in the US. The plot centers on the killing of a white NYPD cop by a black detective.

Taheim Bryan (R) with Havoc
Havoc (L) and Taheim Bryan attend the "Equal Standards" New York Screening at Museum of the Moving Image on September 26, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage