12-year-old boy arrested in murder of Richmond teen

Posted at 1:59 PM, Apr 24, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- A 12-year--old boy has been arrested and charged with killing a 15-year-old boy in Richmond, according to police.

The 12-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, is charged with:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and
  • Possession of a firearm by a juvenile.
  • The shooting was reported at about 8:23 p.m., Thursday, April 23, along the 2100 block of Redd Street.

Family members identify the victim as 15-year-old Nathaniel Bankston.

Both the suspect and Bankston were playing video games and eating pizza at a local convenience store just about an hour before the shooting, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett.

Those sources say Bankston was shot in the head and took several rounds to other parts of his body. He was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone said, due to the suspect's age, he's unlikely to be tried as an adult.

"In some cases juveniles can be tried as adults but they have to be 14 years or older for that to happen," said Stone.

This is a developing story.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.



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