The suspect accused of fatally shooting a St. John’s grad student at the J’Ouvert celebration insists he was so wasted he has no idea what happened that night.
“If I did it, it wasn’t intentional,” a weepy Reginald Moise, 20, told the Daily News in an exclusive Friday interview at Riker’s Island.
Moise’s eyes welled with tears as he asked a reporter about Tiarah Poyau, 22, who was shot dead early Monday at the violence-plagued Brooklyn street party celebrating Caribbean culture.
Told Poyau was a grad student who studied accounting and dreamed of traveling the world, Moise stared at the floor.
“I wish I could have met her,” Reginald Moise said of slain student Tiarah Poyau.
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“I wish I could have met her,” he stammered.
“I think of that night, and I just don’t see me shooting her,” added Moise, who was dressed in a grey uniform that looked several sizes too big.
Cops say Moise shot Poyau from close range – striking her above the right eye – at the tail end of the annual overnight celebration.
Moise only remembers “drinking and dancing” at J’Ouvert — and then firing two shots inside a cousin’s Brooklyn apartment where cops say he stashed his 9-mm. Glock.
“The first time I’ve ever shot a gun,” Moise told the Daily News, adding that he was carrying the firearm for “protection.”
Moise was arrested Monday, roughly four hours after the 4:15 a.m. shooting. He was stopped for drunken driving and his cousin later dimed him out to cops who found casings in the Montgomery St. apartment that matched those at the murder scene.
Poyau was one of four gunned down while enjoying Brooklyn’s annual J’Ouvert festivities.
The suspect — who has five previous sealed arrests — was charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
In his hour-long interview with The News, Moise said he’s in fear of his life after he overheard inmates talking about the “kid who shot the girl.”
“I heard the (correction officers) saying that they’ll kill me if I go upstairs,” Moise said.
The accused killer added that he hasn’t taken a shower since Monday and is convinced Poyau’s family will seek revenge.
“I want to move my family out of Brooklyn,” Moise said. “I don’t know who her family is — if she has brothers, if she has cousins.”