Was fatal shooting between life-long friends accidental?Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX - An 18-year-old man turned himself in after allegedly shooting and killing one of his best friends.
Police say the shooting took place Saturday just before noon at a home near 39th and Southern avenues.
The victim, 16-year-old Preston Royal, suffered a single gunshot in the chest. Police say they are still investigating whether the shooting was accidental or intentional. Families of both the victim and the suspect believe it was an accident.
“The information, at first, was a little inconsistent," said Lt. Matt Giordano with the Phoenix Police Department. "We weren’t sure if it was an accident or if it was an intentional shooting.”
Officers searched the neighborhood looking for the suspect until the 18-year-old suspect, identified as Marcos Mejia, turned himself in to police later that day.
Kari Royal said the suspected shooter called out to him asking for help and he tried to save his nephew’s life by performing CPR. He was taken to the hospital where he died.
“Preston was a good kid, man," Royal said. "He was still in school. He was trying to graduate. He was a straight arrow. He was a straight arrow, that’s all.”
Mejia faces manslaughter charges.