Chester County DA: 15-year-old shot friend twice following weekend dispute

CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (WPVI) -- Authorities in Chester County have charged a 15-year-old boy with attempted murder after he allegedly shot his friend on Monday.

Authorities say the shooting stemmed from a dispute between three juveniles who attended a school in Montgomery County.

According to the Chester County District Attorney's Office, the trio agreed to meet in Chester County on Monday as the location for a planned fight.

That's when police say 15-year-old Raul Castro shot his friend twice. Police say he missed the other student who managed to run away.

"30 years ago, this incident would have been a fist fight and nothing else. But the defendant decided to bring a gun to the fight, almost leading to the first Chester County murder of 2019," said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

The 14-year-old male victim was found under a bridge near the river suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen and shoulder. He was transported to an area hospital where he underwent surgery.

Police say Castro will be charged as an adult on charges of attempted murder.

Stephanie Windvim has two sons who go to Pottsgrove High School who know the students involved.

"I am extremely upset, I have a freshman and a senior and I don't know what the world's coming to," she says.

The shooting is the second incident involving students in the Pottsgrove-Pottstown area in nine days.

Back on March 24, Marie Samba says her 13-year-old daughter was having an argument with another 8th grader she attends class with at Pottstown Middle School.

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A short time after the argument, someone fired a barrage of bullets into the home. Samba, her husband and five children were in the home, but miraculously, nobody was hit.

Castro is currently being held without bail at the Chester County Correctional Facility.
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