A gunman shot an actor seven times in a New York City deli on Aug. 13.
Surveillance footage shows the shocking moment “Law and Order” extra Jayquan Lewis was fatally gunned down at the B.H. Gourmet Deli in the Bronx.
The 21-year-old can be seen entering the business near his Bainbridge Avenue residence, Fordham Manor. He stands at the counter when an armed man enters the store, draws a revolver from a shoulder pack, and opens fires at least five times.
According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), Lewis was one of at least five people in the bodega at the time. The actor suffered three gunshot wounds to the chest, arm, and stomach.
The suspect was described to be African American with dreadlocks. He wore a white tank top, blue denim shorts, sneakers, and black cross-body bag according to the New York Daily News.
John Jay College adjunct professor Joseph Giacalone believes the attack was likely “personal” in nature.
“I have no doubt that (the victim) was targeted,” he said according to the New York Post. “The guy standing next to him could have easily been killed too but was not.”
Investigators are considering the possibility Lewis’s attack might be linked to gang violence.
However, grieving mother Marisol Sanchez claims her son was never a gang member, and she was always concerned for his safety.
Lewis is survived by four siblings who will remember his love for acting and plan to pursue a career in nursing. He starred in the 2019 action-comedy “Joyland” and also appeared in the 2013 drama “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.”
Sanchez, who previously worked as a postal employee, revealed she had considered moving out of the borough due to a jump in crime.
“We wanted to go an hour or maybe two hours away from here, to a more quiet area,” she said according to the paper.
The 52nd Precinct experienced a 46 percent jump in August gun attacks to 19 compared to 13 in the same month during 2020 according to the New York Post.
Shootings across the Big Apple rose 15 percent to 942 as of Aug. 8. This compares to 820 in the previous corresponding period. Homicides soared 0.8 percent to 260–slightly up on the 258 recorded at the same time in 2020 according to the paper.