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Witness Says Mehserle Expressed Surprise After BART Shooting

June 15, 2010  | 

A young man who was sitting inches from Oscar Grant when he was fatally shot by a former BART police officer said Monday that the officer, Johannes Mehserle, had blurted out a common term of shock.

"I remember Officer Mehserle saying, 'Oh s-, I shot him,' " Carlos Reyes testified at Mehserle's murder trial.

Grant, meanwhile, "kind of looked back and said, 'You shot me. You shot me,' " Reyes recalled.

On the third day of trial, jurors were taken as close as they have been to the shooting on Jan. 1, 2009, at BART's Fruitvale Station in Oakland. But they were given a picture open to interpretation, as both the prosecution and defense hope Reyes' testimony helps them.

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