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New details have been released in the August 11th shooting at Danbury mall as a second teen involved in the altercation is arrested. 

Danbury Police charged 18-year old Derek Sotelo Tuesday with assault, inciting a riot and other offenses after identifying him as being part of the group that intended to confront the group that included the 14-year old shooter.  Macy’s surveillance video showed a group of seven enter the store, while another group was sitting in chairs just outside the upper level entrance within the mall. 

According to the warrant, Sotelo was jumped by a group of juveniles at the carnival in the mall parking lot in early June and suffered minor injuries.  Sotelo, the 15-year old shooting victim and a witness heard a group yelling at them.  According to the warrant, Sotelo recognized the group as those who jumped him and called other friends to the mall.

Things escalated between the two groups.  One boy gets up from a chair, walks backward toward Jenny’s Spa, pulls a gun and fires one shot.  Sotelo, armed with a hammer, lunged toward the shooter. 

Each fled in opposite directions.

The victim, who initially would not give her name or information to police, eventually told officers she was in the mall with some friends.  The girl suffered a fractured vertebrae and was transferred to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for further treatment.  Her injuries are considered non-life threatening.

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.

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