Police arrest Glendale man in shooting of teen at Maricopa park

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MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the shooting of a Glendale teen at a Maricopa park Saturday morning.

Shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, police officers responded to a call of shots fired near Costa Brava Avenue and Alamendras Street in the Acacia Crossing community of Maricopa.

Officers found an 18-year-old gunshot victim in the community park. Maricopa police Sgt. Stephen Judd said the male victim had been shot once in the abdomen.

The victim was unable to respond to any questions at the scene due to the extent of his injuries. He was transported to the Maricopa County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Judd said the victim is a Glendale resident, but his name was not released.

During the investigation, police determined that the victim had attended a house party a short distance away and had left the home to go to the park with other partygoers, including the suspect.

A search warrant was served on the home where the party had occurred. Police investigators found evidence of underage drinking and illegal drugs, including ecstasy. Judd said they also found evidence that linked a handgun to the incident.

On Tuesday, police arrested Michael Magana, of Glendale. It is alleged that at the park, Magana removed a handgun from his person and a short time later, it discharged and a bullet struck the victim at close range.

Magana was booked into the Pinal County jail on charges of aggravated assault and reckless discharge of a firearm.

The Maricopa Police Department continues to investigate the incident.

The victim remains in critical condition at Maricopa County Medical Center.