11-year-old boy fatally shot in Charlottesville

By Nicole Bell, NBC12 News

An arrest in the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy, gunned down in an apparent robbery attempt. A shooting in Charlottesville just after midnight also left another man wounded. Waverly Whitlock, 27, is charged in the crimes. 

Police say Whitlock turned himself over to authorities shortly after the shootings. Police are calling this crime heinous. They say robbery appears to be the motive. 

At 12:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, multiple gunshots rang out inside a Charlottesville home. Eleven-year-old Aziz Booth was shot and killed. His mother's boyfriend, 23-year-old Rueben Lewis was also hit.

Detwan Thomas lives next door. He's a family friend. Thomas says, "The suspect went in the house and took the PlayStation 2 -- and money from Reuben. Then, he took them in the kitchen -- and shot Aziz first - then him in the back."
Police say the adult victim and the suspect, 27-year-old Waverly Whitlock were familiar with each other.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo says, "It was clear to Mr. Lewis who he was dealing with through previous contact, I don't know what the extent of that relationship is."

Police say it's unclear how Whitlock got inside the home. What is clear is that a community is mourning the loss of a sixth grader who friends say was truly special.

Police say the little boy's mother was at work when the shooting happened. Her boyfriend who was shot is in good condition. 

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