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Buckeye teenager dies after shooting, police searching for suspect

Brendan Valenzuela, 15, died from his injuries overnight, Buckeye police said.

BUCKEYE, Ariz — A minor who was shot early Sunday morning in Buckeye has died from his injuries, police said. The suspect is still outstanding.

According to police reports, officers were called to the area of Crown King Road and 257th Drive, just south of Interstate 10, for reports that a male had been shot.

First responders found 15-year-old Brendan Valenzuela with a gunshot wound and he was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Authorities announced Monday morning that Valenzuela died from his injuries during the night.

Investigators learned that he had been with a group of people near St. Charles Court and 255th Drive earlier in the morning when an altercation broke out and another male shot the victim.

The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown vehicle while another person took the victim to the location where police were called.

Authorities say the suspect is still outstanding and described him as a male who is known to the victim. Anyone with information is urged to call the Buckeye police tip line at 623-349-6411.

This is a developing story and details are subject to change. Stay with 12News for more updates.

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