Another Danbury teen has been arrested in connection with the shooting at the mall earlier this month. Danbury Police say 18-year old Derek Sotelo was identified as being part of the group that intended to confront the group that included the 14-year old shooter.
It was determined that Sotelo was armed with a hammer and seen on surveillance footage as wielding the weapon during the incident. He was located at a home in Danbury Tuesday and taken into custody.
Sotelo was charged with 2nd degree criminal attempt to commit assault, inciting a riot, reckless endangerment, inciting injury to a person, risk of injury to a minor and breach of peace.
Danbury Police began investigating the shooting on August 11th, when a 15-year old girl was shot in the upper chest near the Macy's entrance to the mall. Surrounding Police agencies helped to implement a lockdown and then remove mall employees and patrons to safety. It was determined at that time that the assailant fled the mall before police arrived. The girl sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police have said the girl was part of one of the groups, but have not determined if she was the intended target of the shooting.
Danbury Police were able to recover the suspected handgun used in the incident. A judge issued warrant on August 13 for the 14-year old, who later turned himself into investigators.
The investigation is continuing.