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This story was updated 5:24 p.m., Dec. 6, 2012.

Prince George’s police have arrested a man in connection to the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old in Lewisdale, which police believe to be gang-related.

Luis Rodriguez-Nunez, 24, of the 5800 block of 30th Avenue in Hyattsville, is charged with second degree murder and related charges after Eliezer Benjamin Reyes, 14, of Lewisdale was gunned down in a drive-by shooting just after midnight Wednesday.

A19-year-old man walking with Reyes was also struck during the shooting in the 2200 block of Sheridan Street, but he has since been treated and released from an area hospital, according to county police.

County police said around 12:11 a.m., a vehicle approached the two who were with two other individuals and opened fire on the group. Police are currently trying to identify and locate the other two individuals who were with the victims.

Homicide detectives and District 1 police officers walked through the Lewisdale community Wednesday night to distribute fliers to notify residents of the $25,000 reward for tips and seek additional information that may lead them to solving the case.

Lt. Bill Alexander, a county police spokesman, said early Thursday that police arrested one man Wednesday morning following a traffic stop in Hyattsville involving the vehicle used in the shooting.

Police could not confirm Thursday evening if Nunez was the same individual police arrested for questioning.

A motive is not yet known and a murder weapon has not been recovered, though the shooting has been classified as gang-activity, police said.

Alexander said Reyes is not a “documented gang member,” but said two of the individuals walking in the group were known gang members.

Police have not yet said which specific gang or gangs may be involved in the incident.

The 2200 block of Sheridan Street is at the no outlet portion of the street next to East-West Highway.

Christina Lenori, 48, said she wasn’t home at the time of the shooting and did not know the victims.

“When I came back [home] the police were there and that’s all I know,” the 40-year resident of Sheridan Street said. “I believe it was isolated and that there’s nothing to worry about.”

Edna Dawkins, 83, lives one street next to Sheridan Street and said she did hear gunshots, but did not go outside to look for any activity.

“I’m sorry to hear that but what can I do?” Dawkins said. “Nowadays them young people get so involved in violence.”

A phone number for Reyes’ residence and Nunez’ residence could not be located.

Reyes had been a student at Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville, but this year attended Foundations School, an independent special education school for students with emotional disturbance in Largo, said Briant Coleman, a Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman.

Coleman would not say why Reyes was transferred to Foundations School, but said there were no notable behavioral incidents at Nicholas Orem involving Reyes during his time there.

Coleman said Nicholas Orem sent out a letter to students’ parents notifying them of the incident.

“Many of his classmates are still at that school. The school’s counselors were also made available to students,” Coleman said. “We also increased security at the school and around the other schools in the area.”

The shooting was the second violent crime committed in the area between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Alexander said around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 7900 block of Riggs Road in Langley Park, police responded to the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers found a man suffering from a stab wound to the head.

The man, who has not been identified, was transported to an area hospital in serious condition, but is expected to survive.

Police are still investigating a motive in this case and seeking suspects, though the two incidents are not believed to be related, Alexander said.

djgross@gazette.net