2nd arrest in church shooting; 1st teen freed

| February 22, 2010

RICHMOND — A 16-year-old boy has become the second teenager to be arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy in connection with a shooting inside a packed church in Richmond, police said today.

However, the first boy who was arrested – a 15-year-old taken into custody Thursday – was not formally charged by Contra Costa County prosecutors and has been released, police said.

"It's still an ongoing investigation," said Dan Cabral, who supervises the district attorney's juvenile division. He said the 15-year-old could be charged later.

Prosecutors have not reviewed the case against the 16-year-old, who is being held at the county's juvenile hall. He was arrested about 8 p.m. Saturday in Richmond, said police Sgt. Bisa French, a department spokeswoman.

Citing the sensitivity of the investigation, French declined to discuss what role investigators believe the two boys played in the Feb. 14 shooting at New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ.

Police and witnesses said three young men with black sweatshirt hoods pulled over their heads walked into the church on Roosevelt Avenue. While the choir sang "Leaning on Jesus," one of them allegedly fired five shots with a pistol.

Two teenage brothers sitting in the pews were wounded. Bullets hit a 14-year-old boy in the shoulder and his 19-year-old brother in the leg as parishioners screamed and ducked for cover.

 

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