WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — Police said a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by a man whom he tried to carjack Saturday evening.
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to the report of a shooting in the 600 block of D St., NW, just after 10 p.m.
Police said that an off-duty federal security officer was sitting in his car when he was approached by two teenagers. The teens demanded he get out of his car. One of the boys had his hand in his front waistband pocket as if he had a gun.
MPD said that as the officer was getting out of his car, he took out a gun and shot one of the teens. The other teenager left the area.
Medics took the teen who was shot to the hospital where he died. He was identified as 13-year-old Vernard Toney Jr. of Southeast D.C.
“It is crazy to think that, you know, just a couple of hours ago, someone lost their life here,” said Gustavo Velasco, who came across Toney’s body shortly after the shooting.
The off-duty federal security officer was waiting in his car for his shift to begin. He had a legally owned firearm and is cooperating with the investigation.
“Thirteen years old. I mean, that’s a child,” said Ted Chambers, as he reacted to the District’s latest carjacking.
Saturday’s incident is the 821st recorded carjacking this year, including seven during the last week, according to D.C. police. That’s a 107% increase when compared to the same time a year ago.
“Where’s the law and the sense of normalcy and decency and where do they learn right from wrong?” Chambers asked. “Are we are we teaching our kids the right stuff? It doesn’t look like it.”
Carjackings involving guns also have increased 74% this year, according to MPD.
“No mother should be able to, should have to bury their kids. It’s just so tragic,” Velasco said.
Police said they were searching for the second person involved in the carjacking.