A founding member of the popular hip hop rap trio Run DMC has been shot and killed in New York City.

Police say 37-year-old Jason Mizell, known to fans as "Jam Master Jay" was gunned down late Wednesday along with another man inside a recording studio. The gunman or gunmen escaped.

There is no immediate information about the second shooting victim's condition, but he is being treated at a local hospital.

Meanwhile, police are trying to determine the motive for the shooting.

Run DMC is widely credited for bringing hip hop and rap into the musical mainstream. The group was scheduled to perform Thursday at a National Basketball Association game in Washington.