NYC Studio Went Chaotic After Jam Master Jay Shooting, Witness Testifies

Randy Allen, a childhood friend and business partner of the legendary DJ, testified that he tried to go after the suspects in the slaying.

Following the tragic shooting of Jam Master Jay, the New York studio where the crime took place quickly spiraled into chaos.

According to local station New York 1, Randy Allen, a close friend and business partner of the legendary DJ and producer, testified in court about the grim scene in Jamaica, Queens that he was an eyewitness to.

Allen testified on Tuesday (Feb. 6) in Brooklyn Federal court that he was behind a closed door in the control room when he heard two gunshots coming from the adjacent room where Jay, born Jason Mizell and another friend were playing video games.  

WPIX reports that after seeing that Mizell was fatally wounded and another person lying in pain from a gunshot to the leg, Allen grabbed his gun and commenced to go after whoever the perpetrators were “to try at least to see who it was.”

“To try to at least see who it was. I was not trying to catch them. I was just trying to see them. I need the gun for protection,” Allen said. “They had weapons, and my friend just got shot…I did not know who I was looking for.”

Jam Master Jay Slaying Fueled by 'Greed and Revenge,' Prosecutor Says in Opening Arguments

Allen said he was in the studio's control room and heard two shots in the adjacent lounge area but didn't see the attackers. Also, he testified that he hid his gun in the wheel well of a parked car before heading to the local police station for help.

Several days later, Uriel “Tony” Rincon, an eyewitness who was wounded during the shooting, told Allen that Karl Jordan pulled the trigger and  Ronald “Tinard” Washington was there.

Allen went on to testify that Lydia High, his sister and the business manager of Mizell's record label, told him that Washington “ordered her at gunpoint to hit the floor and the shots were fired by a man with a tattooed neck.” Jordan has a tattoo on his neck.

During cross-examination, the lawyers for defendants Jordan and Washington attempted to poke holes in Allen’s testimony.

“The only person you saw with a gun in hand was you, right?” asked Mark DeMarco, one of Jordan's attorneys.

When asked why he didn’t inform law enforcement that High told him that Washington was a potential suspect, Allen said he tried to protect his sister.

“Because I did not want to put my sister through that. I did not see them,” Allen testified.“I was nervous, and I was confused. I was really scared of what just happened. I did not know what to do, honestly.”

Christopher Burrell, a neighborhood friend of Mizell who worked with him at his label, testified on Tuesday that he overheard the Run-DMC co-founder talking about “setting up Tinard in Baltimore ... to sell drugs or whatever” in the summer of 2002. 

Jordan, the alleged shooter, was Mizell’s Godson and Washington was one of his closest friends. Both have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

According to the prosecution, Jordan and Washington devised the murder plot after allegedly being cut out of a 10-kilogram cocaine transaction that Mizell set up with a distributor in Baltimore. 

“It was an ambush. An execution,” said Assistant US Attorney Miranda Gonzalez in her opening statements. “And you’ll learn that it was motivated by greed and revenge.”

Jay Bryant, 49, another suspect charged in connection with Mizell’s killing will stand trial in a separate case later this year.

If convicted, Washington and Jordan could face at least 20 years in prison.

Considered one the most iconic rap groups of all time,  Run-DMC, comprised of Mizell, Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, and Darryl “DMC”  McDaniels, who created numerous groundbreaking songs such as “Sucker M.C.'s”, " "Rock Box," "Walk This Way,” “It’s Tricky,” “Down With the King,” and many more.

In 2009, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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