“W2 my dead . . . swung some around the whole bus . . . the B15 bro . . . You got the chop?” Translation: Hello associates! I had a physical altercation on the B15 bus. Do you have the firearm I requested in an earlier communication? No joke, actually. “Kahton Anderson was a 14-year-old member of the Stack Money Goons gang when he took a gun out of his backpack and shot at rivals of the Twan Family gang in Bedford-Stuyvesant in retaliation for an earlier incident,” nydailynews.com reports. Mr. Anderson is on trial for the murder of a passenger, caught in the crossfire. Specifically . . .
A day [after the social media post above], bus rider Angel Rojas, 39, a husband and father, was shot in the head on the crowded bus and killed shortly after 6 p.m.
After letting off a shot in the bus, a surveillance video showed Anderson chasing after the group of boys, firing repeatedly.
He claimed that he was running away from enemies, although the video didn’t appear to show anyone behind him.
Anderson was found guilty last year of weapons possession and reckless endangerment. That jury could not reach a verdict on the highest charge of murder, so he is being tried again.
Prosecutors said he was aiming at rivals who shot at him about two hours earlier.
Cops said the murder weapon was a .357 Magnum.
Anderson’s defense attorneys argue that their client acted in self-defense, and that he was trapped on the bus with nowhere to go.
You might say there’s a warm place Mr. Anderson should go to now, but I couldn’t possibly comment. Except to say I hope Mr. Anderson doesn’t get a Picasso in prison. That would mess up his prospects for one day reintegrating himself into polite society.