Gerard Woodley, 46, who is suspected in four other homicides, was in front of 106 W. 139th St., near Lenox Avenue, about 11:17 p.m., when someone shot him in the head, NYPD officials said.
Woodley, who lived at the West 139th Street building, was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital, police said.
There were no immediate arrests and police didn’t release a description of the suspect.
Woodley has a long history of violent crimes and was released from prison in September 2015 after serving four years on a weapons charge unrelated to the rapper’s death, officials said.
“He did a lot of bad things and someone decided it was time to go,” the source added.
Law enforcement sources said Woodley was trying to keep a low profile lately, but got involved in illicit business in New Jersey, which may have led to his murder.
Woodley has been arrested six times, first in 1990 on a weapon charge, an NYPD spokesman said.
He was arrested again in 1994 and 1996 on murder charges, but avoided conviction both times, MTV reported in 1999. An NYPD spokesman couldn’t confirm those charges because the cases are sealed, he said.
Then in 1999, Woodley was arrested for fatally shooting Big L, who had already earned the respect of underground hip hop scene and was seemingly about to become a big name, sources said.