Instagram bragging rights led to murder charges against teenager

Security footage from the outside of a Crown gas station in Washington, D.C. allegedly shows 17-year-old Lorinzo Thompson taking aim and shooting at 14-year-old Niko Estep while Thompson

Security footage from the outside of a Crown gas station in Washington, D.C. purports to show 17-year-old Lorinzo Thompson aiming and shooting at 14-year-old Niko Estep as Thompson’s mother looks on. Thompson is charged with second-degree murder and will be tried as an adult. Courtesy: Metropolitan Police Department warrant

A 17-year-old’s Instagram celebration of bragging about shooting and killing a 14-year-old boy at a Washington, D.C. gas station just days earlier led to his arrest and subsequent charge of second-degree murder while armed, according to Court records re-unsealed this week.

Lorinzo Thompson, 17, is attempted as an adult for shooting and killing 14-year-old Niko Estep just before midnight on November 3 outside a Crown gas station in the nation’s capital.

Surveillance footage from the crime scene appeared to show Thompson committing the murder as a woman identified by police, while Thompson’s mother looked on while standing directly behind him.

Olly Dawes

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