13-year-old boy arrested in shooting of 18-year-old woman in Wheaton

Montgomery County police have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the shooting of an 18-year-old woman during a robbery in Wheaton early Wednesday morning.

Capt. Paul Starks, a department spokesman, said the teen had been texting with the victim and a friend of hers leading up to the shooting shortly before 5:30 a.m. The 18-year-old was transported to an area hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and was released by the afternoon.

Starks said the 18-year-old and her unidentified friend were acquaintances of the teen shooter. He said the women met the teen on Plyers Mill Road near St. Margarets Way after swapping texts. He then stole personal items from the victim and opened fire, police said.

Starks said witnesses told police the shooter stood over the woman while she was on the ground and shot her.

The 18-year-old’s friend was not taken to the hospital, he said.

Police searched for the teen throughout the day and located him late on Wednesday afternoon. Starks said that he was in custody and will be charged with attempted murder and armed robbery.

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Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.
Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.
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