Suspect arrested in shooting of NC teen killed while protecting 10-year-old from gunfire

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EDGEWATER PARK, N.J. (WNCT) — A suspect has been arrested and is facing charges in the shooting death of a teen from Plymouth who died protecting a 10-year-old from gunfire on March 27 while visiting in New Jersey.

Burlington County (NJ) Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Edgewater Park Township Police Chief Robert D. Hess said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that Andre Price, of Endwell Lane in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, was arrested on July 12 in Norfolk, Virginia. He is charged with the shooting death of 18-year-old Al’Tarrek Bell of Plymouth, and 25-year-old Sadiel Gonzalez.

Officials said Bell and Gonzalez were parking their car at the Orchard Park Apartments with two people inside when the shooting happened.

Al’Tarrek Bell (Courtesy: Diane Hill/Family friend)

The investigation revealed the shootings followed a confrontation earlier in the evening at a water ice store in Willingboro, New Jersey, Price is accused of following the victims to the complex, pulling up beside their vehicle and firing multiple shots before speeding away.

Bell died after being shot while protecting a 10-year-old inside the vehicle, his mother, Izetta Howell said in an interview with the Courier Post. He was a football player for Washington County High School in Plymouth and had plans to pursue a modeling career, his mother said.

Price, 33, has been charged with two counts of murder (first-degree), unlawful possession of a weapon (first-degree), possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (second-degree), and certain persons not to possess weapons (second-degree). He was taken into custody in Norfolk by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was being held there pending extradition to New Jersey, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigators said Gonzalez, who lived at the complex, was in the driver’s seat and Bell was in the back. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupants were not hit by gunfire.

“It’s heart-breaking but I know my baby died a hero,” Howell told the Courier Post. “He had so many goals,” she said.

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