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Boy’s fatal gunshot wound may be murder, police say

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Violent crimes detectives are investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who showed up at a hospital with a fatal gunshot wound Wednesday morning, according to an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman.

Officer Tanner Tixier said police were called to Kaseman Hospital around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday after the boy arrived with a gunshot wound to his head.

Tixier didn’t say how the boy got to the hospital, but he said the boy was pronounced dead.

“Officers were able to link this call with several others in the foothills and southeast area commands, in which a maroon vehicle was seen driving recklessly and the subjects inside were yelling that someone had been shot,” Tixier said.

He said officers later found the car at 12999 Central NE, and based on interviews they conducted there, they decided to call in violent crimes detectives.

“We think it was accidental or a homicide, so we’re treating it as suspicious,” Tixier said.

He said the boy’s name isn’t being released until detectives determine how he died.

Tixier said detectives believe the shooting may involve a group of teens who are suspected in other recent crimes.

“There’s a group of 14-, 15- and 16-year-old kids going around creating havoc in the southeast right now,” he said.

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