Nine-Year-Old Killed by Stray Bullet

Police say they have the suspects in custody

By Kelvin Robinson and Asha Beh
|  Sunday, Nov 15, 2009  |  Updated 4:15 PM EDT
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Nine-Year-Old Killed by Stray Bullet

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Just before 10 p.m., someone opened fire in the hallway of the boy's four-story apartment building in the 1400 block of Columbia Road NW.

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A nine-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Columbia Heights neighborhood Saturday night.

Just before 10 p.m., someone opened fire in the hallway of a four-story apartment building in the 1400 block of Columbia Road NW, where Oscar Fuentes lived. A bullet went through the Fuentes' apartment door and struck him.

Officers who responded to the scene said they administered first aid. Fuentes was then taken to the hospital, where he later died.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier credited her "All Hands on Deck" initiative, which had placed several officers in the area, for a rapid response to the scene.

"With the officers being on the scene so quickly, we do have...the folks that are responsible in our custody at this time," Lanier told News4.

No one has been arrested or charged in the case.

"It will take some time to figure out the facts that led up to this [crime]," Lanier said.

Also on the scene last night was D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who called Fuentes' shooting a shocking and upsetting tragedy.

"Justice always has to be served, especially when such a young person is shot in such a fashion, in his own home, in his own apartment, doing nothing more than living the life of a nine-year-old boy," Fenty said.

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