An all-American college student was fatally shot in the face at the J’Ouvert festival in Brooklyn for having the nerve to tell a man to stop grinding against her, police sources said Tuesday.
St. John’s University student Tiarah Poyau, 22, was walking the pre-West Indian Day Parade route with three pals early Monday when she was accosted and told the man, “Get off me,’’ according to a source.
Her friends, who were walking ahead of her around 4:15 a.m., then heard a shot and saw her fall at Empire Boulevard and Franklin Avenue. Poyau had been shot in the eye “at close range,’’ the source said.
“This young lady is just a stellar person,” said Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. “No issues in her life whatsoever, and none before either.”
The boozed-up 20-year-old thug who shot her was nabbed Tuesday morning while drunkenly driving on three wheels and with a Caribbean flag wrapped around his bloody hand, according to police.
Before his bust, suspect Reginald Moise told pals, “I think I shot somebody on the parade route. I didn’t know the gun was loaded,” sources said.
Moise, who has five sealed prior arrests, first fled to his girlfriend’s Crown Heights apartment after shooting Poyau, according to police sources.
“He makes a phone call directly after the shooting and tells a friend of his, ‘Would you mind if I put my gun into your apartment?’ ” Boyce said.
Sources identified the friend as Moise’s gal pal. At the woman’s pad, a drunken Moise fired two rounds into a mirror, injuring his hand. One of the bullets entered the home of a neighbor, who alerted police, according to law enforcement sources.