Germantown, MD – Four people were shot when gunfire erupted during a pick-up basketball game at a community center in Montgomery County on Wednesday night and a 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder.
Montgomery County police responded to a call for shots fired at about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Plum Gar Community Center on Scenery Drive in Germantown, WTOP reported.
Witnesses said that a group of men and boys were playing a pickup game of basketball on the community center’s outdoor court when gunfire erupted.
Officials said four people were shot, three of them were juveniles, WTOP reported.
Montgomery Fire and Rescue Services said some of the victims were transported to the hospital from the scene as trauma patients.
Montgomery County Police Director of Public Information Shiera Goff told reporters at the scene that it was unclear what had led to the dispute that ended with a shooting, WUSA reported.
Goff did not release the names or ages of the victims, nor did she release any details about their medical conditions.
She said police had detained two people in connection with the shooting.
Officials announced on Thursday afternoon that 20-year-old Axel Trejos had died from his wounds, The Washington Post reported.
Authorities have charged 14-year-old Shilen Wylie with first-degree murder as an adult.
Police said when they stopped Wylie to arrest him shortly after the incident he was in possession of a 9mm handgun, The Washington Post reported.
MCPD responding to shots fired at Germantown recreation center with multiple injuries. PIO en route.
— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) August 19, 2021
Malik Walker, a preteen, told reporters at the scene that he was one of the victims, WUSA reported.
Walker, who was sporting a bandage on his arm and said he had just returned from the emergency room, said he was playing in a pick-up basketball game on the courts not far from his house when things went sideways.
He said he heard someone about to fight and went to see what was going on and “one of the dudes” pulled out a gun and started shooting, WUSA reported.
Walker said the gunman shot him in the arm and also shot two of his friends.
He told reporters that after he was shot, he fled and ran all the way home to his mother, WUSA reported.
His mother took him to the emergency room where he was treated for a through-and-through gunshot wound to his upper left arm.
— Matt Gregory (@MattGregoryNews) August 19, 2021
“I’m about to stay out of trouble and just stop coming outside,” Walker said.
The Plum Gar facility is located in the center of a residential neighborhood of single-family homes, The Washington Post reported.
Goff told reporters it was not unusual for large groups of kids to be out on the basketball courts playing ball at night this time of year, WUSA reported.
Investigators on the scene searched for evidence and put down markers in at least 10 spots on the basketball court, The Washington Post reported.
Montgomery County police said the investigation was ongoing.