A New York teen accused of a fatal bus shooting that left an innocent father dead wanted to know who he shot on March 20 when he was arrested, asking police why he couldn’t just go home.
Kahtan Anderson, 14, pleaded not guilty to murder during his arraignment in Brooklyn Supreme Court Friday. He has been charged as an adult and faces nine years to life in prison.
According to new court documents, Anderson complained to police about how he had to carry a gun the day he was arrested for allegedly shooting Angles Rojas, 41, on a city bus in Brooklyn.
“It’s war out here, so n—-rs gotta carry guns,” he said, according to court papers.
“Who did I hit? Was it a rival or an innocent man? Why didn’t I just go home?” Anderson reportedly asked NYPD.
He claimed three rival gang members boarded the bus and he acted out of fear.
“They came at me on the bus, and I was scared,” he said. “Yo, am I going to do life for this?”
“It’s my brother’s gun,” he added, referring to the .357-Magnum pistol used.
“Kahton’s culpability has to be considered in light of all the surrounding circumstances,” said his defense attorney Frederic Pratt, according to The Post.
Lopez died on a single bullet wound to the head. His widow, Maria Lopez, appeared in court for the first time Friday. She left in tears and made no comment to reporters.
Anderson is scheduled to appear in court again June 27.