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Teen arrested in McNair shooting that killed Westfield HS student

Ismael Cruz-Delcid, 18, of Herndon has been arrested for allegedly fatally shooting a teen outside a hotel in McNair (courtesy FCPD)

An 18-year-old suspect turned himself in last night in connection with the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old Westfield High School student on Wednesday (March 20), police say.

The Fairfax County Police Department announced the arrest of Ismael Cruz-Delcid, 18, of Herndon at a press conference this morning (Friday).

Police suspect Cruz-Delcid knew the victim, who died after being shot outside the Sonesta Extended Stay Suites in the McNair area of Herndon. Another teen was shot at during the two rounds of firing but managed to escape without injury.

The FCPD identified Cruz-Delcid as a suspect in the shooting yesterday. He has been charged with second-degree murder, the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and felony distribution of cocaine.

The drug charge stems from “a previous narcotics investigation,” police previously stated.

The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday after a verbal argument between the three teens in the hotel parking lot.

Police Chief Kevin Davis emphasized that, while it’s unclear if the encounter was gang-related, the victims knew each other, characterizing the encounter as a “neighborhood association.”

Davis lamented the proliferation of guns in small disputes as a nationwide challenge.

“Seemingly petty disputes are resolved with firearms,” Davis said.

Police said that the teens were involved in ongoing verbal disputes that remain under investigation.

Cruz-Delcid turned himself shortly after 11 p.m. last night after a discussion between law enforcement and an attorney. He did not provide any statement to police and is being held without bond.

The suspected shooter recently graduated from Mountain View Alternative High School in Centreville, according to police.

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Michelle Reid said the school system is providing counseling to students at Westfield and Herndon High School, along with other high schools on an as-needed basis.

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