A 14-year-old reputed gang member from Brooklyn is being charged as an adult in the killing of a bystander who was going home to dinner on a bus Thursday, officials said.
Kathon Anderson of Bedford-Stuyvesant was awaiting arraignment late Friday on charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm after he allegedly killed Angel Rojas, police said.
Rojas, 39, of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical Center after being shot once in the head as he rode a city bus near Lafayette and Marcus Garvey boulevards in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said detectives recovered a .357-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun used in the shooting.
"A pretty big gun for a pretty small guy," Bratton said Friday.
A law enforcement official said that Anderson was believed to be a member of the gang "Stack Money Goons" that operates around the Marcy Houses, while the intended target was a member of the rival "Twan Family" from Bedford-Stuyvesant.
"This once again is proof of the stupidity of gangs who try to kill each other over nothing," Bratton said.
He said detectives were reviewing a video from the bus to piece together the incident. The commissioner added that the area of the shooting was near a designated Operation Impact zone, one of several areas that get concentrated police presence. He said two officers on foot patrol were nearby when the shooting occurred.
A spokesman for the NYPD said it appeared that, as he got on the bus, Anderson fired once at a rival gang member, then jumped off the bus and kept shooting at his intended target, who also fled on foot.