Police arrested a 17-year-old for fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy in a Washington, D.C., metro station Saturday in front of his mother and sisters.
The suspect will be charged with second-degree murder and tried as an adult Police Chief Cathy Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department said Tuesday at a press conference. Police said they will not release the identity of the suspect until he is arraigned Thursday afternoon, but according to WUSA9, the shooter is 17-year-old Maurice Bellamy.
Lanier said there appears to be no discernible motive in the murder, however she said she could not yet rule out whether the shooting was targeted. (RELATED: 15-Year-Old Shot Dead In DC Metro Station)
“Of all the tragic things that we see when it comes to violence, nothing is really more senseless than this case in my opinion.” Lanier said Tuesday. “The shooting stemmed from nothing. No reason to believe the victim and suspect knew each other prior to the shooting. We have no information that there was any acquaintance.”
15-year-old Davonte Washington was with his mother and sisters on his way to get a haircut for Easter Sunday when the suspect approached him.
“My daughters said that a guy walked past her and said ‘what’s up to Davonte’ and Davonte said ‘nothing what’s up with you’ and he said ‘I’ll shoot you’ and he commenced to shoot just like that, for no reason at all,” Victor Leonard, Washington’s grandfather, told WUSA9.
Washington was in ninth grade attending Largo High School as an Air Force junior ROTC member. Family members are in shock, describing Washington as a “humble” and “respectful” boy who did not hang out on the streets, reports NBC Washington.
Police arrested the suspect late Monday afternoon in the Southwest D.C. area. Metro officials said their surveillance system played a key role in tracking the shooter. Washington’s family will be holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at the Eastern Market station.
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