13-year-old in Wilmington charged with afternoon gunfire

 Police investigate a shooting on 7th St. Wednesday afternoon.  A 13-year-old boy was arrested after a brief chase. (Mark Eichmann/WHYY)

Police investigate a shooting on 7th St. Wednesday afternoon. A 13-year-old boy was arrested after a brief chase. (Mark Eichmann/WHYY)

A 13-year-old boy fired several shots around 3 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of 7th and Orange Streets, according to police.

The boy fired what sounded like four or five shots according to workers in a nearby office. The shots were fired in close proximity to construction workers who were making repairs along Orange St. 

Police say officers who were on patrol nearby heard the shots and responded to the area. The 13-year-old was captured after brief foot chase. Police say he discarded a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun before he was caught. He had additional .25 caliber rounds on him when he was stopped. 

The young teen faces charges including possession of a firearm by a person prohibited-juvenile, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited-juvenile, two counts of reckless endangering and receiving a stolen firearm. 

He’s being held on $65,000 cash bail at the New Castle County Detention Center. No one was injured in the shooting.

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