- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 15, 2006

A 13-year-old boy was fatally shot outside his Southwest apartment building late Wednesday, and police are looking for three other children between the ages of 13 and 15 who they think may be responsible for the attack.

The shooting occurred just before midnight Wednesday as the boy, Deangelo William Borras — “Dee” to his family — was standing in a courtyard in the 100 block of Irvington Street. A family member said he had left his apartment about 10 minutes earlier and was talking with a neighbor who was going to help him acquire a cell phone.

Police said Deangelo and the 32-year-old man were approached by three black males, two of whom had handguns and opened fire on the victims before fleeing.

Deangelo was hit in the back. He was pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital about an hour later.

The adult — who has not been identified because he is a witness — was hit several times in his extremities. Police said his wounds were not considered life threatening.

Metropolitan Police Capt. C.V. Morris, head of the department’s Violent Crimes Branch, said yesterday that police are looking for the three suspects and that Deangelo was likely the intended target.

“We do know that the juvenile had some injuries that were not consistent with the gunshot wound,” Capt. Morris said, “so it looks like he might have been in a fight of some kind. And word is through the neighborhood that he was in some kind of altercation, unreported, of course.”

The victim’s older sister, Sherrie Hackett, who lives with her own children in the Maryland suburbs, said she hadn’t seen her brother in two days. When she saw his body yesterday, Mrs. Hackett said she asked police about the bruises because it looked as if he had been in a fight. She said police told her he likely got them from falling face forward on the ground.

“He’s just an average kid living around here in an area where the crime rate is high,” Mrs. Hackett said. She said she used to take him to her home on weekends to get him out of the neighborhood and had planned to take him on a trip to Atlanta later this month.

She said that just hours before the shooting she had spoken to a longtime friend, Tara McCree, who also lives in the neighborhood, about how dangerous it had become.

Miss McCree said the man who was with Deangelo was well-known in the neighborhood as a boxer and a mentor to children. She said she had spoken to Deangelo’s mother and that the boy left the apartment to talk to the man about helping him obtain a cell phone.

“She said it wasn’t even 10 minutes later she heard a gunshot and somebody knocked on the door and told her that Dee was killed,” Miss McCree said. “And when she ran out there, she saw him laying over there by that tree over there laying face down gasping for breath.”

An ambulance took Deangelo to Children’s Hospital in Northwest.

Miss McCree said that by the time she and Deangelo’s mother arrived at the hospital, the boy had died.

He becomes the sixth child to have been killed in the District so far this year. Last year there were 195 killings and 12 juvenile homicide victims, including Jon Allen Jr., the 15-year-old grandson of former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen, who was shot and killed on New Year’s Eve.

In 2004, the number of juveniles killed spiked sharply to 24 in a year where there were 198 homicides overall.

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