D.C. teen arrested in #December #shooting #death of 17-year-old on #basketball #court


D.C. police have arrested a 16-year-old Southeast youth in connection with the December shooting death of a 17-year-old on a basketball court.

James Anthony Smith, of Southeast, was shot Dec. 18, in the 1900 block of Frederick Douglass Court Southeast.

His mother said at the time that she believed the shooting was prompted by the $220 red Air Jordans she had given him as an early Christmas gift.

Smith was found shortly before 6 p.m. with several gunshot wounds.

Police did not name the 16-year-old suspect, who was arrested Friday and charged with felony murder. Authorities did not announce a motive, but shortly after the killing occurred D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said investigators tentatively thought robbery was involved.

Smith was a sophomore at Ballou High School. His mother could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Air Jordans, it was reported, were all Smith had wanted for Christmas. His mother told a reporter last year that she gave him the gift early because he asked, and “because he’s a good kid.”

After being shot on the basketball court at the Frederick Douglass Community Center, Smith ran for about a block and was found in the 1800 block of Bruce Place.

When he was found, he was not wearing shoes.

It was not clear what led police to the suspect, or whether Smith’s shoes were ever found.

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