The Washington, D.C. public worker accused of shooting and killing 13-year-old Caron Blake earlier this month turned himself in to police, officials said Tuesday, and an affidavit revealed the boy’s last words after the shooting.
Jason Lewis, 41, was charged with second-degree murder while armed after being investigated and presented to a grand jury, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Conti III said at a briefing.
Lewis turned himself in on Tuesday morning and remains in police custody, Conti said.
According to initial Metropolitan Police Department press release, officers responded to a report of the shooting shortly before 4:00 am on Saturday, January 7. There they found Blake, who was alive but “suffering from obvious gunshot wounds”. Lewis said at the time that he heard a noise and noticed someone who “seemed to be tampering with the vehicles”. Blake was taken to an area hospital, but “life-saving efforts failed” and he was pronounced dead.
On Tuesday, Conti said the video evidence was used to clarify the situation and bring charges against Lewis.
The video showed Blake breaking into cars with several other youths who Conti said were not reported or identified. According to Conti, the group was in a stolen car that was used for the escape.
Lewis, who legally owned his firearm and had a concealed carry permit, retrieved his gun and went outside, Conti said. The initial shot was fired while Blake was near the stolen getaway car and “posed no immediate threat,” the police chief said. When the first shot was fired, the getaway car reversed and crashed into an alley.
According to Conti, the first shot missed Blake, but caused him to “run” Lewis. Lewis fired again, hitting Blake. CBS affiliate told WUSA in total the neighbors heard four or five shots.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lewis was talking to officers at the scene of the shooting and said he was standing at the entrance to his yard when Blake ran into his home. Conti said there was no confrontation between Lewis and Blake before the shot.
The video also captures Blake’s last words: “I am a child, I am a child.” According to the affidavit, Blake can also yell “Sorry” several times, and then “Please don’t” and “No”.
“You know, and probably everyone in this city knows, that the death of people, especially a child… is something that really pierces my soul, to be honest with you,” Conti said when asked to react to Blake’s latest performance. words. “Here we have a child who is dead, who should not be. I hope that anyone with half a heart, you know, it will affect you in some way, form or way.”
Conti said he could not confirm if a full video would be released. Lewis had his concealed carry license revoked.