Arrest made in fatal ‘drug-related’ shooting of Woodbridge High student
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William County Police announced an arrest in connection with the the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old student from Woodbridge Senior High School.
Kawain Tyrell Smalls, age 20, was arrested in connection to the Monday murder of Brenden Michael Wilson. Kawain was arrested without incident at his residence on Dulcinea Place, police said. He has been charged with murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Wilson was gunned down next to the school, along a pathway through some woods around 4:30 p.m. Monday, reported WUSA. The pathway leads from the street where students park for free (versus paid school lots) over to the school. It has not been made clear at this time whether Wilson was walking home from school, or if something else was happening.
Police said they were searching for three young males, one white and two black, who were seen fleeing the scene on Oakwood Drive in a pickup truck. Nearby residents heard six to seven shots.
The investigation into this case has indicated that the shooting was drug related and that both parties were known to one another.
A neighbor who lives next to the path told WUSA that he called police after he hear gunshots.
Gerry King also described the woods as an open air drug market.
“Let’s just say I’m not out here 100% of the time, but usually two or three times a week I see drug transactions occurring,” said King. He said his home and others nearby have been vandalized and burglarized.
Police are continuing the investigation.