BLADENSBURG, Md. - A Maryland teenager has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of his friend in Bladensburg.
Police say Erik Lopez, 17, of Lanover Hills, shot and killed 16-year-old Diego Gomez-Martinez inside an apartment last Thursday.
Martinez was found inside an apartment shot once in the lower body and died several hours later at a nearby hospital. Friends say a number of teens were playing video games when the gun went off.
According to a police investigation, Lopez was handling a gun that police say "discharged and struck the victim." Lopez fled the scene after the shooting.
On Monday night Lopez was charged with manslaughter and a weapons charge, he is also being charged as an adult. He’s currently being held on a $200,000 bond.