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Teen dead after shooting near Caroline County YMCA

Posted at 8:41 PM, Mar 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-23 03:44:28-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. -- A 15-year-old Caroline County High School student has been charged with murder after authorities say he fatally shot another student  near the Caroline County YMCA off of Durrette Road in Ruther Glen.

The incident happened at around 6 p.m. on Saturday according to Scott Moser, Chief Deputy with the Caroline County Sheriff's Office.

Two teens were taken into custody in relation to the shooting. The incident involved two current and one former Caroline County High School students.  All three individuals were between the ages of 15-16 years old.


The 15-year--old victim was transported to Mary Washington Hospital and at 7:23 p.m. the Caroline County Sheriff's Office was notified of his passing.

Sheriff Lippa said Sunday that the 15-year-old male suspect has been charged with Murder and Use of A Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. According to Lippa, the suspect and the victim did not like each other and that is what led up to the "violent attack."

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified and was too shaken up to go on camera, told CBS 6 he witnessed part of the argument and even tried to save the victim's life.  The man said he was walking his dog when he saw the teenagers arguing near the YMCA.  One was threatened to shoot the other, pulled out a gun and shot three times.  The neighbor told CBS 6 he saw two teenagers flee the scene and that's when he ran over to the victim who was lying on the ground.  He said he performed CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived.


CBS 6 also talked with friends of the 15-year-old victim.  LaShawn Broone said she is holding a vigil for him, at Caroline Manor, Sunday at 8 p.m.

There will be extra personnel from the Caroline County Sheriff's Office at Caroline High School starting Monday to assist with this tragedy, Sheriff Lippa said.

This is the first homicide in Caroline County since 2007.

The sheriff's office has not released the name of the victim, but said that the victim attended Caroline High School.

The sheriff has not said what, if any, charges the second teen taken into custody may face.