19-year-old arrested for shooting 13-year-old in Berks County

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 18, 2017

Police are looking for the suspect accused of shooting a 13-year-old boy in Berks County Friday evening.

Matthew Hale, 19, of Hereford, Pa., was arrested on drug charges around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Melbourne, Florida.

Authorities said the 13-year-old boy and two friends were in his bedroom when a vehicle pulled into the driveway and a man came to the window and punched the screen in, yelling obscenities.

The two friends ran out of the room and heard gunshots. She turned right out of the driveway and was headed toward Route 100.

Police have not released any further information on the details of the shooting and have not indicated whether anyone is in custody. Hale was seen getting back into the auto and taking off.

The Reading Eagle, citing court papers, reported the boy's brother said he got a Snapchat message at that said, "We Even".

Initial reports indicated the victim is a teenager, but state police would not confirm that.

The teenage victim was shot several times and was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital; he is listed in critical condition.

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