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14-year-old killed in possible gang-related shooting

Update, 2 p.m.: Police have identified the slain 14-year-old as Eliezer B. Reyes of Lewisdale. Police also said that they have recovered a van that they think was used in the shooting.

Original post: A 14-year-old boy was killed in a double shooting in the Lewisdale area of Prince George’s County early Wednesday, and detectives think the incident might be one of gang violence.

According to police and law enforcement officials familiar with the case, the boy is not believed to be a gang member himself but was walking with others — including at least one of his brothers — who have ties to the Lewisdale crew.

Just after midnight, the officials said, a van drove by the group in the 2200 block of Sheridan Street and someone inside opened fire. The gunfire fatally wounded the 14-year-old and injured a 19-year-old man who was with him, police said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said detectives are probing whether those in the van might have had ties to MS-13.

Authorities did not immediately identify the 14-year-old boy but were expected to do so Wednesday. The 19-year-old is expected to survive, and police do not generally identify victims who survive shootings to protect their safety.

Julie Parker, a Prince George’s police spokeswoman, said that because the shooting is believed to have been gang-related, gang detectives would be “out in force in the community Wednesday” distributing fliers and helping investigate the case.

“Retaliation is always a possibility when you’re talking about gang-related crime, so the most prudent thing the department can do is devote its gang unit to this case and work around the clock, which it is doing,” Parker said.

Parker said detectives are working to locate the shooter or shooters and “have leads” in the case. She declined to say what those leads were to protect the ongoing investigation.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.


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