Phoenix PD: Man playing with gun shoots, kills teen

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Phoenix police say Jose Heredia-Garcia, 18, was playing with his gun when he shot and killed a 17-year-old boy. (Source: MCSO, 3TV/CBS 5) Phoenix police say Jose Heredia-Garcia, 18, was playing with his gun when he shot and killed a 17-year-old boy. (Source: MCSO, 3TV/CBS 5)
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Mugshot of Jose Heredia-Garcia, 18 (Source: MCSO) Mugshot of Jose Heredia-Garcia, 18 (Source: MCSO)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A man is behind bars after he shot and killed a teenager while he was playing with a gun, according to the Phoenix Police Department. 

At around 7 p.m., Thursday, Phoenix police responded to a home near Monte Vista Road and 67th Avenue.

Witnesses initially told officers the 16-year-old victim had shot himself.  According to police, their investigators noticed inconsistencies with the story. 

As the investigation continued, Phoenix police detectives learned that Jose Heredia-Garcia, 18, had been playing with a handgun when the victim was shot.

[RAW VIDEO: Jose Heredia-Garcia faces judge on manslaughter charges]

They say the teens were drinking when it happened.

Based on the evidence and statements from witnesses, police arrested Heredia-Garcia for manslaughter and possession of a weapon. They say he is in the country illegally. 

[PDF: Court documents for Jose Heredia-Garcia]

On Friday, Phoenix police identified the victim as Eddie Vargas.

Twenty-four hours after his death, his family held a candlelight vigil to remember him. 

Accident or not, the victim's mother, Annette Miranda, says her son is still gone. 

"This kid shouldn't have been in the place he was at. He should have been behind bars. But unfortunately he was where my son was and he took my son's life," said Miranda. 

"He's gonna pay for what he did. There's no excuse to be playing with guns, and he's hurt a lot of people, he's taken a young little boy. He was in school and he had a lot going for him," said Henrietta Hernandez, the victim's aunt.

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