Arlington police investigators are investigating the 16th murder of the year in the city, two of which took place on Friday as a result of separate incidents.
According to police, both cases involved the alleged minor shooters, who are in custody.
“We’ve had these young kids holding guns; they’re committing violence here in Arlington,” said Arlington Police Chief Al Ons. “Unfortunately, we see it very often, not just here in Arlington.”
The latest killing took place Sunday afternoon in East Arlington Park on Greenway Street.
The two young men got into an argument on social networks and decided to meet in the park to fight.
When a 21-year-old man appeared, police said the 17-year-old suspect opened fire and killed him.
“The suspect was 17 years old and the victim was 21,” said ones ounce. “So we have someone who is a minor who uses violence here.”
Police rushed to another pointless view of the weapons violence on Friday.
Two teenage brothers, 17-year-old Caleb Williams and 13-year-old Oshua Williams, were killed in a gun battle near a South Arlington apartment complex.
According to the police, the dispute started from the nearby hairdressing salon and spilled into the apartments.
A third juvenile who fired shots is threatened with two counts of capital murder.
Police have recovered three weapons, said Ones.
It was a scene that Glinda Williams was to see on Friday.
“I did not comb my hair. “I just came out because I was not convinced it would happen again,” he said.
Williams still mourns his own loss. He said his 18-year-old son was shot dead by another teenager in a nearby alley late last year.
“We are losing our babies,” he exclaimed. “It’s heartbreaking. I am in unbelief. I really am. ”
According to the department, 16 murders have taken place in Arlington this year. The city will probably exceed 17 murders in 2019. Total number of murders.
The COVID-19 epidemic has seen an increase in homicides, with 23 reported in the city last year.
Gun ounce emphasizes that in order to end gun violence, everyone must be involved, including parents and teens who are learning “how to mitigate incidents without resorting to violence.”
Ones praised his detectives for working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Cigarettes, Firearms and Explosives Bureau to resolve the two cases within 24 hours to identify any weapons found by police.
“We want to know where these weapons come from, we want to keep the people who put weapons in the hands of these children. “We want to hold those people accountable,” he said.
Williams emphasized the need for more community-based programs that provide safe activities for teens.
“We need the Arlington Police to understand that there are weapons in our community, we need them,” he said. “We need parents. If you see those weapons in your home, take them out.”