What happened before and after one DC high school student allegedly shot another

WASHINGTON — In a probable cause hearing at D.C. Superior Court on Monday, the prosecution showed surveillance video that they say shows the minutes before and after 16-year-old Daquan Gray allegedly shot and killed 16-year-old Jaylyn Wheeler.

Police responded to the 600 block of Alabama Avenue in Southeast D.C., near Ballou High School, where they say they found Wheeler suffering from gunshot wounds on May 16, just before 4 p.m.

Wheeler died from his injuries at the hospital.

Both of the teens were students at Ballou High School.

After a search, Gray was arrested on May 30 and charged as an adult.

At the hearing on Monday, Gray was wearing a grey, long-sleeved Henley style shirt with the collar up. He was cuffed with his hands in front of him and was seated to the left of his defense attorney Dana Page.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Liebman put on the case for the prosecution.

During the hearing, D.C. police detective Seamus Brackett showed video allegedly of Gray inside Ballou High School on May 16, and pointed out the clothes he was wearing. Later video shows Gray and Wheeler at a Metrobus stop at the intersection of Randle Place and Alabama Avenue.

The two people Brackett says are Gray and Wheeler, along with another witness that the prosecution called “W5,” are seen walking toward an alley.

Moments later, the teen identified as Gray is seen running with W5 and crossing 8th Street into backyards. The person identified as Gray stops, stoops down and tosses something behind a tarp.

Brackett says that a gun was found later under that tarp.

The judge at the hearing found Gray probable cause, and ordered he remain in custody, pending a status hearing scheduled for August 3.

In earlier hearings the defense has questioned whether the person in the videos was Gray. Page walked up to the video several times in order to get a closer look at the individuals on the screen.


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