BUCKEYE, Ariz. — An arrest has been made in the shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy in Buckeye Saturday.
Efrain Escobar was shot and killed while he was with his girlfriend at a gas station around 2 a.m.
The Buckeye Police Department said investigations revealed that the suspect, later identified as 17-year-old Eric Silva, made threats towards the Escobar, who was in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend.
Police said Silva and Escobar arrived at the QuikTrip gas station on South Watson separately. Once Silva realized Escobar was there as well, police said he shot and killed Escobar.
Officials said a friend of Escobar's also fired several shots at Silva as he fled the scene.
Silva was arrested near 99th Avenue and Thomas Road. He will be charged as an adult for one count of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of unlawful discharge of a firearm and one count of disorderly conduct with a weapon.
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