TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A 14-year-old suspect was taken into custody Friday in connection with a shooting on a Titusville bike trail that left a 17-year-old dead, police said.
The Titusville Police Department said Mims teen Laneitri L Rollins is facing a first-degree murder charge associated with the fatal shooting of Mercutio Nicholias Burford Wednesday afternoon.
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The incident occurred just before 1 p.m. near 1100 N. Washington Avenue, according to investigators.
Police said the 17-year-old victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and died hours later.
Based on investigative evidence, police said “this was not a random crime” and Rollins knew the victim.
According to officers, they then located and arrested Rollins around 1:30 p.m. Friday near the 400 block of North Dixie Highway.
The suspect was transported to the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center Friday evening, the department said.
This is a developing story and an ongoing investigation. Check back here for updates.