Man arrested in drive-by shooting that killed teen girl

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PHOENIX -- A man has been arrested in a drive-by shooting in west Phoenix that killed a 16-year-old girl.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Niani Rayshawn Allen was riding in a car with three others around 9 p.m. Friday when 18-year-old Jason Christopher Lindsey Jr. fired into the car from another vehicle.

Lindsey was reportedly riding in the car with five other people.

The shooting happened near 67th Avenue and Broadway Road.

Sheriff's spokesman Officer Chris Hegstrom said the two groups had just left a basketball game at a nearby school, where there had been some type of argument.

Hegstrom said the girl's friends then drove to a nearby Walmart and called for help.

Walmart, which was filled with shoppers, was briefly evacuated after one of the friends yelled someone had been shot.

Allen was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital in extremely critical condition but later died.
 
Hegstrom said it is unclear if Allen was the intended target and if she had any relationship to Lindsey.

Hegstrom was not sure if the shooting was gang related.

Lindsey was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault.