16-Year-old boy shot, killed in N. Phoenix

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix police are trying to piece together circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy at a friend's home.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard says police responding to a call about a shooting late Wednesday found the critically wounded boy, who later died at a hospital.

The victim is Alan, or AJ, Hoover. He was a student at Shadow Mountain High School.

Howard says detectives have determined that a group of teens were at the home when the shooting occurred and that the others ran off when the boy was shot.

"I don't believe that this was a self-inflicted injury. I believe it was one of the other people in the room but who and why is what we're working to still determine," said Sgt. Howard.

He says police have spoken with a 15-year-old girl who lives at the home but want to speak with others who were present to determine how and why the shooting occurred.

"When we get a chance to interview people, when we determine what physical evidence exists at the scene certainly we would be looking at if charges are appropriate," Sgt. Howard said.

Neighbors said the woman who lives in the home allows homeless teenagers to stay there. The woman lives there with her adult son and 15-year-old daughter.

"For this to happen is a shock," said neighbor Susan Rogers. "These troubled children, you just don't know. You know what I'm saying? Good kids, but troubled,"

Howard said nobody has been arrested in the case.

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PHOENIX -- A 16-year-old boy is dead after being shot inside a north Phoenix home, according to police.

Crime tape and police cars surrounded a neighborhood near 24th Street and Cactus Road Wednesday night.

The call came in around 7 p.m. about a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the 2300 block of Shaw Butte Drive.

3TV talked to a neighbor, Susan Rogers, who said the woman who lives at the house lets two boys live with her. The two teenagers are not her children but needed a safe place to stay.

Rogers said she was home when the woman came running to her door for help.

The teen went to the hospital in critical condition but did not survive.

Phoenix police expect to release more details Thursday morning.