The shooter was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet as a result of prior criminal sentencing. Because of this, he was matched to the scene and time of the crime, and was also easily tracked down.
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Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judge Mark Doherty placed the boy into the electronic monitoring program on May 16, with conditions that included refraining "from all criminal activity including possession of narcotics and weapons," attending school and adhering to an 8 p.m. curfew.
"In 13 years on the bench I have never seen a murder suspect this young," Doherty said.
The murder suspect turned 13 on Tuesday, the same day he allegedly gunned down Rafael Quintanilla shortly before 3 p.m., authorities said. Neighbors said Quintanilla was sitting on the front steps of his home in the 4000 block of Baudin Street, getting ready to shave, when he was shot. Quintanilla banged on his neighbor's door before slumping to the ground near the corner of Carrollton Avenue.
According to police, the 13-year-old pointed a .380-caliber pistol at him and demanded that he "give him everything." Before Quintanilla could respond, the boy shot him once in the stomach and both teenagers ran, police said.
Authorities said the 13-year-old has a lengthy criminal record, although those records have not been made public.
Doherty gave the boy no restrictions regarding where he could go, according to the Sheriff's Office. The office doesn't monitor juvenile anklet wearers in real time, but receives alerts when an offender veers from the restrictions or loses battery power, according to the Sheriff's Office.
They said the boy was reporting in regularly to the court as required.
In a statement, Doherty called Quintanilla's death "the result of a senseless act of violence," but said the state's judicial code of conduct bars him from discussing the case.Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.