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Phoenix PD: Driver dies after being shot by teen handling gun in truck

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Posted at 3:18 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 19:15:30-04

PHOENIX — Police in Phoenix say a teenager and two others are being charged in connection with a deadly shooting on Memorial Day.

They say the 17-year-old boy accidentally shot his friend while riding in a pickup truck around noon Monday with two other men.

Police say the boy was a passenger behind the driver's seat and was handling a handgun when it discharged.

Investigators say 18-year-old Alexander Cota-Torres was driving the truck and was shot in the back through the seat near 27th and Southern avenues.

Cota-Torres later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The 17-year-old, Abran Herrera, is being charged as an adult with manslaughter in the shooting.

Police say the two men, 18-year-old Jorge Quintero and 19-year-old Tomas Herrera, both are facing a charge of tampering with evidence for allegedly trying to hide the gun in one of their homes after the shooting.