Aspiring actor Jayquan Lewis, who appeared on episodes of Law & Order, was shot and killed Friday by a gunman who opened fire in a neighborhood deli in the Bronx.
The New York Post obtained surveillance footage of the shooting. It’s 14 seconds long. The footage shows Lewis, 21, waiting in line to buy a bottle of water. There were about five people in the deli when the shooting happened Friday afternoon.
Lewis’s murder is the kind of ripped-from-the-headlines story that all the Law & Order franchises feature. Instead, this was real life.
The Post said as one customer left the store, the gunman walked from the back and aimed at Lewis. The shooter was dressed in denim shorts and a white tank top. He also was carrying a dark cross-body bag.
The Post said the shooter walked by one customer, then shot Lewis seven times. Lewis took three bullets to the chest, three to the arm and once in the stomach. Retired NYPD detective Michael Alcazar described the murder of the young Law & Order extra as an “assassination.”
“The assassination reminds me of the scene from ‘Carlito’s Way’ when Al Pacino’s character gets shot by Benny Blanco from the Bronx,” Alcazar told the post. He now teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
The Post, quoting an anonymous source with the NYPD, said police believe Lewis might’ve been targeted because of a fight on social media.
Lewis’ Mother Said Her Son Appeared In Several Law & Order Episodes
Lewis’ mother said he appeared in several Law & Order episodes. However, it’s unclear which Law & Order show he appeared in. Lewis’s IMDB bio lists him as appearing in the 2019 movie Joyland. Lewis played a member of a SWAT team. The film was about the lead character celebrating his last weekend of house arrest with a big party.
Marisol Sanchez, Lewis’ mother, said her son told her “I love you” before he left for the deli. She told the Post she always worried about his safety. She was wearing one of her son’s t-shirts when she was interviewed by reporters.
“I warned him because so much stuff has been going on around here,” Sanchez said. “I have seen so many shootings and I’ve been seeing a lot of killings. That was one of my biggest fears, something happening to my son.”
Aside from several episodes of Law & Order, Sanchez said her son also had a part in the 2013 movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. She said Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who starred in the TV series Lost and Oz and the movie The Mummy Returns, once asked her son for his autograph.
Sanchez said the well-known actor told her son: “I know you’re going to make it one day.”
“He was not a troublemaker,” Sanchez told the Post. “He was not those types of kids.”
His mother said Lewis was concentrating on another career. Lewis was scheduled to begin taking nursing classes next month.