BLADENSBURG, MD. (WUSA9) – Police are investigating the death of a 16-year-old Bladensburg High School student who was accidentally Thursday night.
The shooting happened around 8 p.m. on Thursday in the 4200 block of 58th Ave., Bladensburg police said. According to authorities, the incident happened inside of a home and other juveniles were present. Police said 16-year-old Diego Gomez-Martinez was transported to a nearby hospital where he died Friday morning.
Malik Herbin says he found Diego on the floor in front of the couch suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower torso and tried to stop the bleeding, “I got a shirt from ab and pushed down on the bullet hole until the help got here–he kept trying to move, we kept telling him to stay down and he kept trying to move and I wouldn’t let him move until the police come here to get him.”
Herbin says he didn’t see the shooting but did see someone run out with a gun, “yeah, I heard but I don’t know who it was nobody knows who it was.”
No one answered the door at the victim’s home, but a man who lives in the building described the 16- year-old like this as someone who is very respectful. “He’s very respectful, this is all news to me that he got shot, I feel for his family, I give them my condolences cause he has never been a problem with me.”
A neighbor who lives in the apartment just below the one where the shooting took place says she doesn’t feel safe and frequently smells the odor of marijuana, “It’s not safe for us because we need some protection here because kids from school smoke marijuana, smelling up the whole place, we are not comfortable here and so we need protection from this place.”
The principal of the high school declined to comment on camera, but did a letter home to the parents of her students.
Although the circumstances are still unclear, Detectives are now investigating the circumstances leading up to his death.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimes Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.
This is a developing story that will be updated when more information becomes available.