Police ID teenager who was killed while sitting on porch in Northeast DC

D.C. police say that a 15-year-old boy has died in what appeared to be a “targeted” shooting. (WTOP/Kristi King)
A teenage boy was flown to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead after a shooting in Northeast D.C. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Police in D.C. have identified the teenager who was killed in what appeared to be a “targeted” shooting in Northeast.

Andre Robertson Jr., 15, of Northeast D.C., was sitting on a porch Thursday afternoon, when he was shot. Just after 3:30 p.m. on the 500 block of 48th Place, near Kelly Miller Middle and Aiton Elementary schools, police found him unconscious and not breathing. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

D.C. police are looking for three people who were in a metallic-colored sedan, got out, approached Robertson and fired several rounds. They got back in the vehicle and fled, Sixth District Cmdr. Darnel Robinson said in news conference Thursday afternoon.

Later Thursday night, police in D.C. and Prince George’s County, Maryland, found the car, which had D.C. tags FP 0575, on Neptune Avenue in Oxon Hill. Police are still looking for the suspects.

(Courtesy D.C. police)

Kelly Miller Middle School was on lockdown temporarily; the lockdown has since been lifted. The school is currently closed. Robinson said that when the shooting happened 40 yards from the school, some 50 children were exiting a bus at this drop-off location.

Robinson said there were other victims, as there were other people on the porch, but currently, the 15-year-old was the only one who had been shot.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Robinson said. “These press conferences don’t come any easier, especially when it involves a 15-year-old. So we’re just asking for the community’s help to help close this case.”

Anyone with information on what happened should call D.C. police at 202-727-9099. There is a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible.

Below is the area where it happened.

WTOP’s Kristi King, who reported from Northeast D.C., contributed to this report. 

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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