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PD: 14-year-old shot and killed inside unsupervised Phoenix home, 16-year-old arrested

Teen shot and killed near 43rd Avenue and Baseline Road
Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 20:23:05-04

PHOENIX — Police say a 16-year-old has been arrested for manslaughter after a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed inside a Phoenix home Monday.

Police are investigating after 14-year-old Darric Appleton was shot and killed in a Phoenix home where several children were left unsupervised on Monday afternoon.

Officers were called to the house near 43rd Avenue and Baseline Road around 2:30 p.m. where they discovered several children were left unsupervised.

Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said when police arrived, officers found seven young kids, ranging in age from five to 17 years old. Several of the children live at the home, and the others had come over to visit.

At some point while the group of kids were together, a gun was removed from an undisclosed location and the suspect was "manipulating" the weapon when it discharged and struck Appleton, Fortune said. The teen was transported to the hospital in critical condition where he later died.

Police say the suspect brought the gun to the residence before the shooting.

According to Fortune, no parents were home at the time of the shooting.

Police say the unidentified teen suspect has been arrested and has been booked for manslaughter and weapons violations.