Teen charged in shooting of construction worker

Posted at 1:36 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 15:36:49-05

A 15-year-old has been charged after shooting a construction worker at an Avondale home on Friday.

According to court documents, two construction workers arrived at the home near Lower Buckeye and El Mirage Roads around noon and found four teens had broken in. They were about to call the police when one of the teens tried to leave the house and threatened the worker if he didn't let them pass.

Police say he pulled a 9mm handgun from his waistband, there was a struggle for the gun, and two shots were fired. One hit the construction worker in the stomach and the other hit the teen in the wrist.

The teen left the home, ditching the gun in a bush in the yard of another home nearby. He was soon found by police.

The victim and the teen were transported to the hospital.

Another teen that was caught told police the four of them went to the vacant home to smoke marijuana and there were backpacks upstairs in the home full of stolen property. Police found the backpacks with electronics and gaming systems inside.

The 15-year-old that shot the construction worker has been charged with burglary and three counts of aggravated assault.

The three other teens have not yet been charged.