The troopers dragged the three other young men from the Caravan, lay them facedown in the mud along with Rayshawn arid handcuffed them. The officers then searched the van for guns, drugs, alcohol, something that might explain why the young men seemed to have tried to run the troopers down on the side of the road. They found nothing.
Danny, one sneaker on, the other still in the car, was moaning in the mud, barely conscious and bleeding profusely from his wounds. Paramedics, who arrived about 15 minutes later, had to cut off his clothes and work around his handcuffs to treat him. Jarmaine and Rayshawn were also in agony from their gunshot wounds.
Keshon was suffering in a different way, wracked by guilt. He was apologizing. He saw his friends crying and screaming, and he told the troopers he simply couldn't get the van into park.
Eleven shots had been fired, six by Kenna and five by Hogan. Nine of the bullets had struck flesh. Danny was hit four or five times; it was hard to tell because he had both exit and entrance wounds. One bullet wound up in his abdomen. Jarmaine was shot three or four times, Rayshawn once or twice (his chest and wrist injuries might have come from the same bullet). Keshon, the smallest and quickest of the players, somehow avoided the spray of bullets.
Henry Lee, the renowned forensic scientist who testified for the defense in the O.J. Simpson trial, would re-create the turnpike shooting several months later as part of a $1 million state investigation, right down to buying an identical Caravan and wetting the pavement. Afterward he would say, "It's a miracle that nobody was killed."
The state police would say that the radar in Hogan and Kenna's car had clocked the minivan going 74 mph. The problem was, the officers' cruiser, a shiny Ford Crown Victoria with 500 miles on it, had no radar. When that became public, the police said the troopers had determined the van's speed by following it.
Once both cars were stopped at mile marker 62.8 on the turnpike, Hogan and Kenna made several critical mistakes. They didn't radio their dispatcher that they were pulling over a vehicle, as they were required to do. They pulled in straight behind the van, not at an angle, as police are taught to do, so the front of the cruiser sticks out to protect them from oncoming traffic. And they left their car in neutral, not park, meaning a slight tap could start it rolling.
The young, white troopers were scared and confused. It was late and dark. Cars and trucks were speeding by on the wet highway. The van was drifting backward when it should have been still. What's more, several young black men inside seemed to be shifting around a lot. The troopers were not about to wait to see if anyone inside the van had a gun. Kenna would say that he heard Hogan shout, and he thought Hogan's life was in danger. Kenna began shooting.
The troopers would later claim that the van was rolling rapidly, but this was disputed by state investigators, whose forensic tests determined that the van could not have been going more than 4 mph. That corroborated testimony by the couple in the Honda Civic that crashed into the van. Eric Jusino and his girlfriend, Heather Hendrickson, stepped from their smoking car and walked toward the troopers as the Caravan rolled away. The couple saw the troopers with guns drawn and rushed back toward their car, which by then was engulfed in flames. Jusino's lawyer, Jeff Sponder, says Jusino and Hendrickson didn't witness the shootings, "but they said the van was moving very slowly."
Hogan would tell state investigators that he had dived headfirst to avoid the backward-moving van and had been lying on the ground when he fired his gun. Lee, however, determined after studying bullet trajectories that Hogan had most likely gotten off all five of his shots from a "standing or semi-crouched position."