Teen Charged in Death of Md. High School Student

Erik Lopez

A teenage boy is facing a manslaughter charge after police say he fatally shot a high school student while handling a gun.

Diego Gomez-Martinez, of Bladensburg, was with a group of teens playing video games at an apartment on 58th Avenue when he was shot Sept. 22.

Police say 17-year-old Erik Lopez was handling the weapon when it discharged and struck Gomez-Martinez. 

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.

Despite their efforts, Gomez-Martinez was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Lopez was arrested Monday and charged with manslaughter and a weapons charge. He was charged as an adult. 

Police say it's possible the shooting 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."

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