14-Year-Old Charged With Teen's Murder, Still on Loose

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Friday, Jan 10, 2014  |  Updated 6:16 PM EDT
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An Atlantic City 7th grader was shot and killed Wednesday just a few blocks from school.  NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez has the latest on the investigation.

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An Atlantic City 7th grader was shot and killed Wednesday just a few blocks from school. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez has the latest on the investigation.

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Prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old boy with the murder of another teen as the manhunt for him continues.

The teenage boy, whose name police are withholding since he is a juvenile, allegedly opened fire on two other boys on Wednesday afternoon near Route 30 and Virginia Ave. in Atlantic City, N.J., the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said.

13-year-old Angel Mercado-Santiago, a 7th grader from Pennsylvania Avenue School, was shot in the chest and later died at the hospital, officials said. The other boy, a 15-year-old, was hit in the leg. He is expected to survive.

County prosecutors say the alleged teenage shooter remains on the loose. Still, prosecutors preemptively charged the teen with murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

Once taken into custody, prosecutors say they plan to file a petition to have the 14-year-old's case transferred to an adult criminal court.

The murder remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office's Major Crimes Unit at 609.909.7666.

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