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High School Student Dies After Shooting in Bladensburg Apartment

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    Many questions remain after a 16-year-old was shot and killed while playing video games. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Friday, Sept. 23, 2016)

    A high school student died Friday morning after he was shot inside a Prince George's County apartment Thursday night, Bladensburg Police said.

    Diego Gomez-Martinez, of Bladensburg, was with a group of teens playing video games at an apartment in the 4200 block of 58th Avenue when he was shot.

    Witnesses said four to eight people were inside the apartment and others were outside. A teenager witnesses said they didn't know came out of the apartment about 8 p.m. then went back inside. Then the witnesses heard a gunshot and saw the same teenager running out of the building moments later. 

    "We got a shirt and we pressed down on his bullet hole 'til the feds got here," said Malik Hebrin, a friend of the victim.

    Gomez-Martinez was taken to a hospital, where he died.

    Police are investigating to determine what led to the shooting. It's possible it was accidental.

    A Prince George's County Public Schools spokesman confirmed the victim was a sophomore at Bladensburg High School.

    "He was looking forward to a life of college and career and exploring what different experiences the world had in store for him," Principal Aisha Mahoney said. "It's just sad."

    Bladensburg Police originally investigated the shooting. The death investigation has since been turned over to the Prince George's County Police Department.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Prince George's County Police at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD" plus their message to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at www.pgpolice.org.