12-year-old charged in Wilmington shooting

Wilmington Police say a 12-year-old boy shot a 17-year-old during a robbery Wednesday night in the 600 block of N. Van Buren Street.

The 12 year old walked up to the 17 year old victim around 10 p.m. Wednesday and demanded that he turn over his cell phone.  After a struggle, police say the 12-year-old shot the other boy in the leg with a handgun.  He then ran off with the cell phone in hand. 

Detectives were able to identify the suspect, and took him into custody.  They’re not releasing his name because of his age.  

Police say he was already on probation for another robbery.  He’s being held at the New Castle County Detention Center on $150,000 cash bail.  The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital.  His condition is unknown.

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Earlier shooting 

Earlier Wednesday night, a 12-year-old girl was the victim of a shooting not too far away from this robbery.  In that incident, the girl was shot near the intersection of Pleasant and N. Franklin St. just before 8 p.m.  A 17-year-old male was also hit by gunfire in that incident.  

Both victims in the Pleasant St. shooting were taken to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in stable condition.  Police have not released any information about possible suspects in that shooting.

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