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

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Andre Price (Burlington County, NJ Prosecutor’s Office)

EDGEWATER PARK, N.J. (WNCT) — A suspect has been arrested and is facing charges in the shooting death of a teen from Plymouth, N.C. 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 (NJ) Police Chief Robert D. Hess said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that Andre Price, of Endwell Lane in Edgewater Park, N.J., was arrested on July 12 in Newport News, Va. He is charged with the shooting death of Al’Tarrek Bell, 18, who was from Plymouth, and Sadiel Gonzalez, 25.

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

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

The investigation revealed the shootings followed a confrontation earlier in the evening at a water ice store in Willingboro, N.J. 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, was 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 people in the vehicle 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.”

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