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NextImg:Teenage DC murder suspect's mother looked on as he killed boy: Police


A teenage murder suspect had his mother present during the reported shooting, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

Lorenzo Thompson, 17, allegedly fatally shot Niko Estep, 14, on Nov. 3 in a gas station parking lot on 14th Street. Several cameras captured the incident, but Thompson fled the scene and wasn't arrested until six days later. Estep attempted to run away from the gas station but collapsed in the street and succumbed to his wounds at a nearby hospital.

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Footage also captured a woman standing near Thompson, watching the incident take place, whom police later identified as Thompson's mother. She did not interfere and would accompany Thompson as he fled the scene to a University Place apartment. No charges have been filed against her.

Police would also discover an Instagram video where Thompson appeared to refer to Estep by a nickname and claim that he "got him." Thompson, along with friends, appeared to reenact the shooting. The video, along with officers finding a 9 mm magazine in Thompson's backpack, served as evidence in the criminal charges.

Thompson is facing a second-degree murder charge as an adult. As it is a felony, it has a maximum sentence of life in prison. A second person was injured at the scene with several gunshot wounds, but there appear to be no criminal charges in his case.

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The shooting comes about a month after the D.C. Council extended an emergency bill that allows for extended pretrial detention for adults and youth who are charged with crimes such as violent offenses, homicide, assault, sexual abuse, and carjackings. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had originally written in her earlier version of the bill that judges could more easily detain juveniles no matter the crime.

Washington, D.C., has seen 244 homicides in 2023 so far, which is already about 33% up from last year.