J. C. Volts, a deaf mute from Pittsburgh was shot in the stomach,  in the city’s Garfield neighborhood after inadvertently using gang signals instead  of sign language.  Volts was supposedly being schooled in sign language by his neighbor Kayshawann Jefferson.  It has come to light that Jefferson, a known gang member, was living in the same apartment building as Volts and had offered to teach him to sign for $50.  Volts apparently gave Jefferson the money and began to learn what he believed to be American Sign Language for the Deaf.  Instead, Jefferson allegedly decided to take a shortcut in his instruction, and instead was teaching Volts a fast form of gang street signals.  “I thought he was teaching me things like, “hello how are you,” and “thanks for your help,” but, instead he was teaching me  phrases like, “f*ck you you motherf*cker,”  “I going to cap your sorry a*s,” and “I’m turning you in to the cops.”  Volts was shot as he stood on the steps of his apartment building practicing his newly learned signs.


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