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Two teenagers have been charged in Wednesday’s shooting of an 18-year-old woman in Wheaton in what police are calling a gang-related retaliation.

Police announced two arrests Thursday: a 19-year-old man from Kensington and a 13-year-old boy who is accused of firing the gun.

The victim, who was not identified, was shot several times while she was with friends in Wheaton, but was treated at a local trauma center and released Wednesday, police said in a news release.

The 19-year-old man is Eber Umanzor of the 3000 block of University Boulevard. The 13-year-old boy, whose identity was not released, shot the victim several times, police said.

The suspects reportedly were worried that the victim, whom they knew, “was divulging information about gang activity to police,” the news release said.

Police said they think both suspects are associated with the “Little r” gang.

The shooting happened Wednesday morning, when the victim and three other women were walking around in Wheaton.

The victim and another woman were sending text messages to the suspects.

While this was going on, a white SUV that Umanzor was driving stopped at Plyers Mill Road and Douglas Avenue.

Umanzor got out and walked toward the group of women, according to police. The 13-year-old boy got out of the vehicle and hid in the shrubbery.

The boy, with a gun, then moved toward the victim, who turned to run. The boy shot her once in the back, police said.

When the woman fell, the boy got closer, shot her multiple times and took her mobile phone, police said. Umanzor and the boy drove away.

Police said they found a white SUV registered to Umanzor at his home, but did not find the gun.

Online court records show that Umanzor was charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to use a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He was being held without bail Thursday and was expected to have a bail hearing Friday.

The 13-year-old boy faces juvenile charges related to attempted murder, armed robbery, conspiracy and handgun offenses, police said. He was detained at the Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center in Rockville.

aschotz@gazette.net