Uncle shoots teen after vowing to avenge nephew’s murder in Pennsylvania

Source: MEGA

Apr. 8 2021, Updated 8:31 a.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania man who vowed to avenge his nephew’s death is accused of attempting to shoot two juveniles.

On the afternoon of March 27, Tyree Smart, 16, was shot while walking in York. Resuscitation efforts failed and he died on the scene.

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Following the shooting, Darryl Ellis Peeples, 37, allegedly turned to a police officer and said “he was going to kill the person who killed his nephew,” according to an affidavit of probable cause, The Patriot-News reported.  

Two days later, around 6:30 p.m., Peeples returned in a GMC Envoy to the same block where Smart was killed. While sitting in the front passenger seat, the affidavit states, he spotted two juveniles, jumped out of the vehicle and from about two feet away fired six shots from a handgun at the pair.

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One of the bullets hit a 13-year-old boy in the left buttocks as he fled. The teenager told investigators the shooter was Smart’s uncle. The GMC’s driver, who tried to prevent Peeples from going after the juveniles, also identified him as the gunman, court documents state. 

The boy explained to police that several weeks prior to Peeples shooting him, he and Smart got into a fight. After the altercation, the boy allegedly said, the uncle came to pick up his nephew.

Alexis Cado-Suero, 15, was charged with criminal homicide for Smart's death. It’s unclear if Cado-Suero was one of the juveniles Peeples allegedly attempted to shoot.

Peeples faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and a firearms offense.


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