Derrick Catchings charged as adult in shooting of north Minneapolis teen

Derrick Deangelo Catchings, a 16-year-old from Brooklyn Park, will be tried as an adult in the murder of a teenager slain on his bike last summer in north Minneapolis, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Catchings has been in jail since last September on a separate case, and made his first court appearance Thursday for the first-degree murder charges. His bail has been set at $2 million.

Catchings is the second teenager to be charged in the August 24 murder of Rayjon Gomez, a 13-year-old who was shot while riding his bike in a North Side alley around 9:00 p.m. Another boy was also struck by a bullet, but survived. Gomez was one of three teenagers to be murdered in a month last summer in the area, evoking a combination of grief and anger from residents -- a little too similar to the unrest among neighbors after the recent murder of Nizzel George, a 5-year-old who was tragically shot and killed while sleeping on his grandmother's couch last week.

A grand jury indicted Catchings in March, but because of his age -- he was 15 at the time of Gomez's murder -- the court documents remained sealed until earlier this week, when he was certified to be tried as an adult. Catchings faces a total of six charges: two counts of first-degree murder, and four counts of attempted murder.

The second alleged killer, 17-year-old Donquarius Davon Copeland, was indicted earlier this year. He faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree murder while committing a drive-by shooting, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder while committing a drive-by shooting.

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