Teen dies following weekend shooting in Buckeye

Investigators say a fight had broken out at a party near St. Charles Ct. and 255th Drive when a male suspect reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the teen.
Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 8:24 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 10:28 AM MST
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BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A search for a suspect is underway after a shooting Sunday morning in Buckeye that left a teenage boy dead. The victim has since been identified as 15-year-old Brendan Valenzuela.

Buckeye police say they got a call about a shooting around 3 a.m. Sunday from a home near Crown King Road and 257th Drive. When officers arrived, they found Valenzuela with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition and died Sunday night. “It is crazy. We have had a lot of activity recently. These kids, I don’t understand how they are getting guns,” said Meredith Derho.

Investigators learned from witnesses that a fight had broken out at a house party near St. Charles Ct. and 255th Drive when the male suspect reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the teenager. He then sped away from the scene, and Buckeye police haven’t found him yet. Someone at the party drove the teenager to the area where officers first arrived and called for help. “It is terrible, it shouldn’t have happened. There needs to be more focus on kids and mental health. People need to start taking better control of how they handle and use their guns,” said Samantha Lilley, who heard the shooting.

The suspect hasn’t been found yet, but police believe the victim and suspect knew each other. Anyone with information is asked to call the Buckeye Police Department’s tip line at 623-349-6411.

A teenage boy is in the hospital after an alleged shooting at a house party in Buckeye. The...
A teenage boy is in the hospital after an alleged shooting at a house party in Buckeye. The suspect is still on the loose.(Arizona's Family)