- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A 17-year-old Fort Washington teenager was convicted Wednesday of a shooting that severely injured a toddler who was struck in the face by a bullet while in his mother’s arms.

A jury found Devon Matos guilty of two counts of assault, three handgun-related crimes and reckless endangerment for an August shooting that took place outside a Glenarden apartment.

Several residents were outside the apartment building Aug. 22 when two people began shooting, according to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. Shaneka Johnson was among them and ran inside with her 23-month old son Deondre when she heard gunshots. Once inside, she realized that her son had been shot in the face.

The boy is recovering from his injuries and has a tracheotomy tube in his neck, prosecutors said.

Matos, who was initially identified as Deven Matos by police, turned himself in after the shooting. His attorney could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

A spokesman for the prosecutors’ office could not immediately provide information on whether a second shooter was ever charged in the incident.

Matos is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8.



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