17-year-old arrested in connection to killing friend in Bladensburg

- 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.

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