HYATTSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) – Police are asking for assistance in looking for a second suspect in the shooting of 14-year-old Eliezer Benjamin Reyes in Lewisdale on Wednesday, just two days after making an arrest in the case.
Prince George’s County police issued the warrant for 22-year-old John Junior Hernandez, of the 2200 block of Guilford Road in Hyattsville. He is wanted for first-degree murder and charges related to the Dec. 5 shooting.
Police arrested Jose Luis Rodriguez-Nunez, 24, of Hyattsville, just hours after the shooting that killed Reyes and sent another man to the hospital.
Rodriguez-Nunez was formally charged on Friday with second-degree murder and related charges.
Police say the unidentified male victim hospitalized after the shooting has been treated and released.
Police were out full force in the Lewisdale community Wednesday evening, delivering flyers that informed residents of the death and the $25,000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 2200 block of Sheridan St. in Lewisdale around 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
They discovered two victims suffering from gunshot wounds when they arrived.
The first victim, an adult male, was taken to a local hospital.
The second victim, Reyes, 14, was also taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
An investigation revealed the two victims were shot in a drive-by shooting as they were walking down the street with two others.
Two members of the group walking down the street with them at the time of the incident are documented gang members, leading police to believe the shooting was gang related.
Detectives are asking members of the community for assistance in locating Hernandez.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts or about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or submit a tip online here.
A cash reward is being offered of up to $25,000 for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of John Junior Hernandez.