- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 19, 2023

D.C. police said a 17-year-old boy accused of gunning down another teenager near a gas station earlier this month carried out the shooting with his mother watching and later bragged about the killing on Instagram.

Court documents submitted by D.C. police said the mother of murder suspect Lorinzo Thompson was with her son on Nov. 3 when 14-year-old Niko Estep was shot and killed at the corner of 14th and Fairmont streets in Northwest.

Lorinzo is being charged as an adult for second-degree murder in connection to the deadly shooting.

A police arrest warrant for Lorinzo said cameras captured a woman identified as the suspect’s mother watching the shooting “without making any apparent effort to intervene.”

Lorinzo’s mother is not being identified because she has not been charged with a crime.

An additional court document submitted by police accused Lorinzo of going on Instagram Live days later to boast about the murder.

Authorities said Lorinzo referenced Niko’s nickname of “Y.B.” during the Nov. 6 broadcast and said that he “got him.”

Police also said that Lorinzo “shows no remorse” during the livestream and that the suspect “appears to be celebrating with others” as he re-enacts a person falling to the ground after being shot.

The court documents also said Lorinzo was arrested in connection to a robbery investigation on Oct. 25.

Lorinzo is being held at the city’s juvenile detention facility. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 2.

• Matt Delaney can be reached at mdelaney@washingtontimes.com.

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