Teen killed trying to break up party in Mesa

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MESA -- A teen was killed after he tried to break up a party that got out of control in Mesa early Sunday morning.

Mesa police officers were called out to a shooting at a home near Mesa Drive and McKellips Road at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to Mesa police Sgt. Ed Wessing, a 16-year-old girl was having a party and the numbers grew out of control. She called her 24-year-old aunt and asked her to come over and help break up the party.

The aunt and an 18-year-old male drove to the residence and began telling people to leave.

Wessing said a fight broke out on the front lawn between the teen and a partygoer. An unidentified male shot the teen once from behind. He was pronounced dead during transport to a Scottsdale hospital.

There is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.