According to sources, 14-year-old gangbanger, Kahton Anderson, accused of gunning down an innocent Brooklyn father of 2 on a crowded city bus, was armed with a powerful .357-Magnum pistol.1336-Kahton Anderson
On Friday, a disgusted Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, “Pretty big gun for a pretty small man” after Kahton Anderson was charged with second-degree murder and ordered to stand trial as an adult.
Detectives removed Kahton Anderson from the rear entrance of the 79th Precinct on Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, after he fatally shot 39-year-old Angel Rojas in the head.
Bratton said, “The stupidity of those gangs that basically, over nothing, are trying to kill each other. Unfortunately, in the process, (they) kill innocents as they did with this hardworking young man trying to raise his family”.
On Friday, Anderson was charged in Brooklyn Criminal Court and ordered to be held without bail. He didn’t look at his mother and the 4 other family members who sat in the courtroom.
According to the prosecutor, Lindsay, Anderson “made statements to police shortly after being arrested, admitting his participation in the crime”.
This is not Anderson’s 1st offense as he has a prior arrest from 2011 on his rap sheet. The details of that case were not available due to the reason that it was a juvenile arrest and his file is sealed.
Anderson’s mother tearfully called her son “a good kid” even as she said she would pray for Rojas’ family. “A tragedy has happened. Both families are suffering a loss”. According to her, his son is “just a child. My son did not get on some bus and start shooting”.
According to Bratton, Rojas’ death is “a life needlessly lost, taken by a 14-year-old who felt it necessary to carry a gun on a city bus and shoot”.
Rojas was an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. He was working 2 jobs to support his wife, Maria Lopez, and his 2 children, 12-year-old son named Saury and 8-year-old daughter named April. After the death of Roja, his wife Lopez said she can no longer afford their modest, second-floor Brownsville apartment on the meager pay she earns as a part-time home attendant.
Saury translated what his mother said, “She can’t stay here, and she says she can’t afford the rent”. Asked if the family might be pushed to move back to the D.R., Lopez started crying badly. His widow said her husband once owned a grocery store named after Saury in the city of Ceiba de Madera. She said they moved to Brooklyn 4 years back in search of a better life.”Family was the first thing for him. He used to think of his family before him”.
On Thursday, Rojas was getting back home after working a 12-hour shift at La Finca Fruits and Vegetables on Debevoise St. in Bushwick when he was killed. Lopez said he used to go at 6 p.m. and often came home for a rest prior to going to job No. 2 at a deli on Clarkson St.
Rojas boarded Brooklyn-to-JFK bus No. 4184 at the first stop by Woodhull Medical Center, according to the police. Almost 20 minutes into the ride, Anderson and his two buddies boarded at Marcus Garvey Blvd. and Myrtle Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. They sat on the seats in the back row. After seeing his rival, Anderson got up and shot wildly with a weapon he could barely control. The bullet hit Rojas in the back of the head. Rojas was sitting behind the driver, talking on a mobile, said police.
According to the authorities, Anderson belongs to the Stack Money Goons, a vicious teenage gang based in the Tompkins Houses. For many months, the 2 gangs had been feuding over territory.
The driver of the bus said, “It pierced our ears. It sounded like firecrackers. Everybody was screaming and crying”.
According to sources, Anderson fled from the bus and fired off several more shots outside the bus. Meanwhile, the driver closed the doors and drove two more blocks down Marcus Garvey Blvd. before she saw an ambulance at Greene Ave. and called for assistance.
Rojas was alive when paramedics reached him but he died at around 7:50 p.m.
The bus driver said, “Everything happened so fast. I was really hoping he was gonna make it. They told me he had a pulse. He was innocent. He was a passenger who got on my bus. I’d seen him a few times. He was a regular”.
The MTA said on Friday that the bus driver said she’s too upset to say when she might return to the job she loves. The B15 traverses some of the toughest neighborhoods in the city and its drivers were physically assaulted or harassed twenty times in the last year.
The driver said, “I had two really young kids on the bus. A 1-year-old and a 2-year-old, I feel as if it could’ve been any of us”.
Transport Workers Union Local 100 rep Willie Rivera said the driver deserves a medal for her cool response.
After a short time, police officers found Anderson with an unloaded gun and 2 of his friends. 6 shell casings were found at the incident spot.
Roja’s son said, “He was acting normal, like every day” when he died.
Saury, who is nursing a broken thumb from playing basketball, said that he is worried about his mother due to the reason that she has high blood pressure on top of heartbreak. He said he is recalling the happy memories of his father.”We used to go to the park nearby and he used to push me on the swings really high”.
Lopez said that she had no inkling that in a few hours she will be breaking the tragic news to her family back home in the Dominican Republic.
The Daily News is working with the church and community groups to set up a fund to aid the Rojas family so that they can live a better life without their father and their basic necessities of life can be fulfilled.