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Jayquan Lewis, a 21-year-old actor who appeared several times as an extra on “Law & Order,” was ruthlessly gunned down inside a B. H. Gourmet Foods deli in the Bronx on Friday for what appeared to be a “personal” reason.
“The victim was standing at the counter to buy water when an attacker came from the back of the store, pulled a gun out of a shoulder satchel and fired off at least five rounds,” the New York Daily News reported, citing police sources.
“Other customers scattered as the gunman continued to fire off shots before fleeing through the front door of the bodega. Lewis was shot three times in the chest, as well as in his left arm and stomach.”
Surveillance footage video of the horrific shooting may be seen below (*Graphic content):
When Lewis’s mother, Marisol Sanchez, arrived at the deli, she found her son still lying on the floor motionless with his AirPods still in his ears.
“It was just like if he was sleeping. Like no movement, nothing,” she told the Daily News.
He was transported to a hospital but declared dead shortly thereafter.
In a separate interview with the Daily Mail, she said that his final words to her, uttered right before he left for the store, had been “Mommy I’m going to the store to get something to drink, do you want something to drink?”
Sanchez told the Daily News that her last words to him likewise were “Hurry up, you know I don’t want you in the streets.”
As of Sunday, the shooter remained on the loose.
“You took my life away. You broke up a home,” Sanchez said to the Daily News, addressing the shooter.
Lewis’s 14-year-old brother, Nicholas, was reportedly devastated by the murder.
“(He) just went crazy, like hitting everything, the walls, and knocking everything. I just let him, because I’ve never seen him like that. For me to see him take out that pain like that, I didn’t care. All that’s replaceable,” their mother said, describing his reaction.
The motive for the shooting remains unclear, though Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor at John Jay College and a former NYPD sergeant, suspects it was “personal.”
“I have no doubt that he was targeted. The guy standing next to him could’ve easily been killed too, but wasn’t,” Giacalone told the New York Post.
Someone identified as a “high ranking NYPD source” said Lewis may have had gang ties. His mother has for her part denied this allegation. And indeed, she’s probably right, because it doesn’t take gang connections to get shot in NYC.
Even underage children are frequently the target.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 7, 2020
“This street is dangerous especially after COVID-19 with crazy people on the street. I feel nervous a lot of the time, and check my surroundings when I walk,” Sanchez told the Post.
She’s right to check her surroundings because, under Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Big Apple has become a big producer of violent crime.
Last month, four attackers assaulted a random 61-year-old woman and beat her with a kitchen pan before robbing her of her money, her credit cards and even her walking stick.
Four assailants beat 61-yr-old woman with a KITCHEN PAN, rob her of money and walker in Manhattan https://t.co/xinAQE6Crn
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 24, 2021
The month before, a criminal suspect ran up to a woman from behind, tackled her to the grand, and then “reached into her shorts and forcibly touched her,” as reported at the time by the New York City Police Department.
What made the attack shocking was that it occurred in broad daylight, roughly 30 minutes before sunset.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 3, 2021
It wasn’t even the first attack of its kind.
Weeks earlier, another suspect had run up to a woman from behind, grabbed her throat with both hands, pushed her against a storefront grate and tried to rape her.
This attack happened at around 7:00 am in Midtown Manhattan, nearly two hours after sunrise.
Meanwhile, Lewis’s murder was one of several shootings that occurred just this weekend alone.
“Bronx homicide detectives are working overtime this weekend after at least five people were shot, three fatally, in less than 24-hours,” Norwood News has confirmed.
The first shooting was Lewis’s murder, which occurred around 4:09 pm Friday. Around 2:00 am the following morning, another “adult male was pronounced deceased … from a gunshot to the head.”
Roughly two hours later, two more people were found shot: “A 27-year-old man was shot in the chest and right leg, and a 23-year-old man was shot once in the torso.”
The 27-year-old didn’t make it.
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