The mother of the 20-year-old Bronx bodega worker who was killed by an "accidental discharge" of a policeman's gun during a robbery early Friday morning blames the NYPD for her son's death. "His death could have been avoided," Ana Cuevas, mother of Reynaldo Cuevas, told the Post. "I want justice. The police are at fault." Cuevas says that Commissioner Ray Kelly called her on Friday and personally took responsibility for Reynaldo's death. "He said it was his fault."

The officer who shot Cuevas, Ramysh Bangali, is a 7-year veteran and works in the PS 7 Housing Bureau. Per departmental policy, Officer Bangali has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. At a press conference on Friday, Kelly refused to speculate as to what caused the gun to fire. "We don't know, we're showing you what we know," he told one reporter who asked if the officer had pulled the trigger or if the gun misfired. "We still have to conduct an investigation, as we do in any case when a service member's weapon is fired."

Cuevas was shot once in the back left shoulder as he ran full speed into Bangali while fleeing the bodega. Minutes earlier, three suspects had entered the bodega on Franklin Avenue, one wearing a ski mask and brandishing a unloaded .32 caliber pistol, and demanded money of Cuevas and the night manager Felix Mora. Mora was pistol whipped before a passerby saw the robbery in progress and called 911.

Police arrived shortly after, and when two of the suspects fled towards the back of the store, it gave Mora and Cuevas time to flee. Mora left first, briefly speaking to Officer Bangali before Cuevas runs into him. Kelly, with Chief of Department Joseph Esposito nodding behind him, repeatedly told reporters on Friday that the shooting happened in an "instant," and that Officer Bangali's interaction with Mora and Cuevas lasted "a matter of seconds."

The three suspects, 31-year-old Orlando Ramos, 28-year-old Ernesto Delgado, and 17-year-old Christopher Dorsey, were arraigned on Friday on charges of murder, robbery, and weapons possession. Dorsey was the first to surrender to authorities, and his family told the Post that he was exploited by his accomplices. "He's scared. He's not a kid who does things like this," Dorsey's grandmother said. “He was just coerced by Orlando. He’s simple minded. This should have never happened.”

Cuevas had finished work at the bodega on Friday but returned to grab a bar of soap. He sent money he earned from the bodega to the Dominican Republic to support his 3-year-old daughter, and his father was killed two years ago in the DR during a robbery as two men attempted to steal his gold chain.