A 16-year-old Bladensburg High School student was fatally shot Thursday evening.
Bladensburg police responded to a report of an accidental shooting about 8 p.m. in the 4200 block of 58th Avenue, said Bladensburg Police Chief Tracy Stone. When officers arrived, they found Diego Gomez-Martinez suffering from a gunshot wound in an apartment.
Gomez-Martinez was taken to a hospital, where he died overnight, police said.
The case is being handled by Prince George’s County police detectives, who are investigating the circumstances of the shooting to determine whether it was accidental, Stone said.
Raven Hill, a spokeswoman for Prince George’s County Public Schools, said the teen was in the 10th grade at Bladensburg High. School officials had grief counseling available on campus today for students, Hill said, and planned to send a letter home to parents.
When reached at their home a few buildings away from the scene of the shooting, family for the teen declined to comment.
Jerry Jordan, who lives in the same building as Gomez-Martinez, said the teen was new to the area he'd often see him coming too and from school located down the road.
Jordan said Gomez-Martinez would often stop and chat and was "a good dude."
"Even though this happened down the road, his is a very quiet neighborhood," Jordan said. "It's tragic."