A 13-year-old boy was charged with attempted murder after shooting a female in the back because a gang he was involved with thought she had snitched to police.
Police say the boy, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was one of two people arrested. Eber Umanzor, 19, was also taken into custody in connection with the crime.
Investigators said the suspects are thought to be associated with a gang known as the “Little r” gang. Police said the gang members thought the female — whose identity or age were not released — was telling police about the gang’s activities, and the two conspired to shoot her in retaliation.
Officials said the shooting occurred early Wednesday in Wheaton, after Mr. Umanzor stopped a white SUV he was driving in front of the victim and three other females.
Police said Mr. Umanzor walked toward the victim while the boy hid behind some shrubbery and sneaked up on her. When she turned to flee, the boy shot her in the back. She fell and he approached her and shot her several more times before taking her cellphone and getting away in the SUV driven by Mr. Umanzor, police said.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. Police arrested the suspects on Wednesday.
The boy faces charges related to attempted murder, armed robbery, conspiracy and handgun offenses. He was being held at a youth detention center in Rockville.
Mr. Umanzor was being held without bond on charges of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and three counts of conspiracy relating to first-degree murder, armed robbery and retaliation in regard to a witness.