Although Jamal Blair, the 18-year-old arrested for killing a 92-year-old Bronx woman, allegedly confessed to police, he told reporters last night, "I didn't do it. I was framed by the police. The police did it, they framed me, man. No justice."
That's what he said on the way out of the police precinct; the Post reports that on the way into the precinct, he told reporters, "It was an accident." Witnesses reportedly gave the cops Blair's name and when cops confronted him with surveillance footage, he said, "Yeah, that's me, but I didn't shoot her." Police sources say that Blair then admitted to firing his gun into the air to stop a fight between two groups of youths, who had bats. The gun's bullet entered Sadie Mitchell's living room, hitting the longtime Williamsbridge resident's hip and then traveling into her lungs. Blair's mother told the Daily News, "They have the wrong person. He was there, he was in the crowd, but he didn't shoot that person."
Mitchell's daughter Shahron Van Rooij said of the arrest, "I'm feeling better than I did, but... There's a big difference between an arrest and a conviction. And while I'm delighted that progress is certainly being made, I won't have closure until I hear the words 'guilty as charged.'"