New Castle County Police have arrested a 13-year-old boy for the April 16 shooting of a 15-year-old boy in the community of Edgemoor.
WILMINGTON: On Monday a 15 year old boy was shot around 10:55 P.M. in the unit block of South Pennewell Dr. County Police responded to the area after receiving calls about shots being fired. Officers located the boy and administered first aid then he was taken to an area hospital for treatment for what police say was a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
According to police spokesman, J.P. Piser, Detectives were called to the scene and assumed the investigation. On Wednesday, just two days after the shooting, detectives obtained arrest warrants for a 13 year old boy in connection with the shooting of the 15 year old. Detectives contacted his family and on Thursday, the 13-year old turned himself in.
The 15-year-old victim has been released from the hospital, Piser said.
“I am deeply disturbed by all incidents of gun violence,” said Colonel Vaughn Bond Jr, chief of police. “However, this particular incident is especially concerning since the defendant is a 13 year old child. I hope this will serve as a wakeup call to all adults that we have a responsibility to do more to reach and teach our children. They have to learn that any violence, especially gun violence, is not an acceptable solution to conflict.”
The 13-year-old was charged with first-degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a handgun by a juvenile and two counts of first-degree reckless endangering. He was arraigned and committed to the New Castle County Detention Center after failing to post $35,000 secured bail.