14-Year-Old Arrested in April Zoo Shooting

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    One of the injured at the April 21 shooting at the Zoo.

    A 14-year-old has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon for the April 21 shooting just outside the gates of the National Zoo that wounded two people.

    D.C. Police said Saturday that they had arrested the boy after an in-depth investigation. The boy was not named because he is a juvenile.

    Police said at a press conference Saturday evening that the shooting appeared to have sprung from neighborhood disputes. Authorities don't know where the boy got the gun that he used.

    The shooting happened April 21, which was Easter Monday. Shots were fired into a large crowd that had gathered outside the Smithsonian National Zoo in Woodley Park. Two 18-year-old men were wounded, one in the arm, one in the hand.

    After the shooting, Metropolitan Police said they had received information that there could be an incident that day at the zoo, and they had added more staff as a result.

    The zoo hosts thousands of people during its annual Easter Monday celebration.

    The zoo has said it will conduct a complete overhaul of security as a result of this incident and two other violent incidents on Easter Monday. In 2011, a 16-year-old stabbed a 14-year-old at the zoo. In 2000, a 16-year-old shot seven people near the zoo entrance.

    Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.