A longtime associate of Run-D.M.C.’s Jam Master Jay says the peace-promoting rap icon was scared and showed him a handgun the day he was fatally gunned down at his recording studio, according to a published report. “That was the first time I ever saw Jay with a gun,” Ronald Tinard Washington said in a jailhouse interview published today (July 31)) in the New York Daily News. “He didn’t say it, but I know Jay. He was scared.”
Washington is being held at the Nassau County jail while he awaits trial on robbery charges in an unrelated case. He said he was there the day Jam Master Jay (real name: Jason Mizell) was killed and knows who pulled the trigger.
The News said it was withholding the names of the two suspects Washington has implicated in Mizell’s unsolved, execution-style slaying on Oct. 30, 2002, at the request of investigators. However, it said detectives were looking into Washington’s account.
Washington told the News that when he arrived at the Queens recording studio at Mizell’s request, the rapper asked him whether he had a gun. “I told him I didn’t have a gun,” Washington said. “So he gave me one that was hidden in the studio. Then he gave me $200 to buy bullets.”
After purchasing the ammunition for the .45-caliber handgun, he returned to the studio to find a former rap manager and his son heading into the building, and minutes later he heard gunshots, Washington told the News. Mizell was found shot to death, by a .40-caliber gun. A friend, Urieco Rincon, was shot in the leg. About five other people in the studio were not hurt.
Two .45-caliber shells, matching the type of gun Washington said Mizell had, were found in the studio lounge where the shooting occurred, the paper reported.
The News also said that the descriptions Washington gave police of the two men matched those released hours after the shooting. The paper, citing unidentified sources, said police have not labeled them as suspects. Police have refused to say whether Mizell was carrying a gun the day he was shot.
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