14-Year-Old Facing Attempted Murder Charges in Zoo Shooting - NBC4 Washington

14-Year-Old Facing Attempted Murder Charges in Zoo Shooting



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

    A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting two people outside the National Zoo last month is facing attempted murder charges.

    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. Both are expected to be okay.

    The boy -- who is not being named by police because he's a juvenile -- was arrested Saturday after admitting to the shooting. He's now facing 14 charges, including two counts of attempted murder.

    Police said at a press conference Saturday evening the shooting appeared to have sprung from neighborhood disputes between a group from Prince George's County and another from D.C.

    During a hearing Monday, the boy pleaded not guilty as his family watched on in tears. Three witnesses, including the suspect's brother, that identified the 14-year-old as the gunman.

    Witnesses said the boy found the gun three weeks ago, but police have not yet located it.

    Court documents say the boy has a criminal past -- he has been previously been arrested in connection with an armed robbery and making felony threats. 

    The boy is being held behind bars until his next hearing, expected later this week. His trial date is set for June.

    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. 

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