Police arrest teen in 15-year-old girl's shooting
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in the Memorial Day shooting that left a 15-year-old girl injured.
Jolessica Williams is expected to be recover after she was rushed to the hospital with a bullet wound to the chest, Monday.
Tuesday morning, the Broward Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of one of two teenage boys with whom she was walking around her neighborhood with on Memorial Day. "These four kids were hanging out together and one of the boys, 15-year-old Demetrius, has a gun. He pulled it out, he pointed it at one of the girls," said Broward Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Dani Moschella.
Demetrius Walden was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.
BSO investigators said they interviewed both 15-year-old boys before making the arrest of Walden who happened to be on probation for a recent arrest. "We don't know how he got the gun. He told detectives that, 'Oh, I just found it,'" said Moschella.
"A bullet don't have nobody's name," said Tessia Johnson, the victim's cousin. "It scares me to walk around and see this ... I'm scared this is going to happen to me someday."
The victim was walking around with Johnson's sister, Shantoria Williams, and the two teen boys in the area of 1400 Northwest 11th Circle in Pompano Beach, when Williams was struck by a bullet.
The teen then walked two blocks to a relative's home where they had been celebrating the holiday and sat on a park bench.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue treated Williams on the park bench, and BSO Fire Rescue crews airlifted her to Broward Health Medical Center. "His friends said, 'Hey, don't you watch the news? That's dangerous. You can hurt someone with that. Put it away,' and he pointed at the other girl, and next thing they knew, a shot was fired," said Moschella.
While Williams' father rushed to her daughter's side, Shantoria was interviewed on the scene by BSO investigators. "That was my little sister in the back of a [police cruiser]," said Tessia Johnson. "She's never been through nothing like this, and then for her auntie, she's never been through nothing like this, so I'm just mad about it."
Investigators said one of the two boys had a gun and shot Williams. They were in police custody, being questioned Monday night.
The victim had graduated from middle school three days prior to the shooting. Officials said it is amazing she was not more seriously hurt. "She's very, very lucky at this point," said Moschella. "It appears that she's going to be OK."
Despite her injury, Williams was able to talk to investigators.
The teen charged for her shooting faced a juvenile court judge Tuesday afternoon. He will be back in court on Monday.
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