The 14-year-old youth shot last night by an off-duty D.C. police officer in Southeast Washington has been identified as Deonté Rawlings.
The officer shot the youth while searching for a minibike that he believed had been stolen from his home, D.C. Police chief Cathy L. Lanier said. She would not identify the officer.
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) went from a morning news conference with Lanier to the Rawlings home in the 3900 block of Cole Boulevard SE, where more than a dozen distraught family members confronted him with angry questions.
"Why do you train police officers to shoot him in the brain?" the youth's father, Charles Rawlings asked.
Carolyn Rawlings, 51, a cousin of Charles Rawlings, said the family doesn't believe that the youth shot at the officer. "If there was a gun, the police would have it by now," she said.
"We'll do a full investigation," Fenty said. "If I wanted to sweep this under the rug, I wouldn't be here. I would have stayed downtown."
Charles Rawlings said his son had transferred just this week from Hart Middle School to Ballou Senior High School. The elder Rawlings, who runs his own cleaning service, said he relied on his son to fill out papers and documents for him. He was the smart one in the family, he said. He also said his son mowed neighbors' lawns. More HERE