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14-Year-Old Charged In Murder Of 13-Year-Old Atlantic City Boy

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., (CBS) – Authorities say a 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a 13-year-old boy in Atlantic City.

A judge has issued the juvenile complaint, but authorities say the arrest has not yet been made.

The shooting happened Wednesday shortly before 3 p.m. near the intersection of Route 30 and Virginia Avenue (See Related Story).

According to investigators, the suspect fired several shots at a group of teens.

Angel Mercado-Santiago, 13, of Atlantic City, was struck in the chest and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus where he was pronounced dead.

A 15-year-old male was also shot in the leg. He was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

On Friday, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office charged the 14-year-old with murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Authorities say his name will not be released because he is a juvenile.

The homicide remains under investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department.

Anyone with information pertaining to this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes at (609)-909-7666.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Website at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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