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

EDGEWATER PARK, NJ (WNCT) – A suspect has been arrested and faces charges in the shooting death of a Plymouth teenager who died while protecting a 10-year-old from gunfire on March 27 during a visit in New Jersey.

Burlington County District Attorney (NJ) 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, said New Jersey, was arrested on July 12 in Norfolk, Virginia. He is charged with the shooting deaths of Al’Tarrek Bell of Plymouth, 18, and Sadiel Gonzalez, 25.

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

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

The investigation found that the gunfire followed a confrontation earlier that evening at a pop-ice store in Willingboro, New Jersey.

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 intended 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 illegal purposes (second degree) and certain persons not not own weapons (second degree). He was arrested in Norfolk by members of the United States Marshal’s Service Capitol Area Fugitives Regional Task Force. He was being held there pending his extradition to New Jersey, according to the Burlington County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators said Gonzalez, who lived in 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 heartbreaking, but I know my baby died a hero,” Howell told the Courier Post. “He had so many goals,” she said.


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