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Teen accused of shooting 18-year-old at Gilbert house party charged with first degree murder

Police said that the shooting happened just after midnight in a neighborhood near Baseline Road and Ash Street.

GILBERT, Ariz. — A teenager has been arrested for allegedly shooting an 18-year-old at a house party in Gilbert over the weekend, police said. He is being tried as an adult, and is facing a first-degree premeditated murder charge, officials said.

Gilbert police were called to a neighborhood south of Baseline Road and Ash Street just after midnight on Sunday for reports of a shooting at a small house party in the area.

There they found 18-year-old Jacob Carlson with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said that he'd been shot following an altercation in the backyard of the party.

Carlson was taken to a hospital where he later died of his injuries.

On Monday, June 19, police arrested 17-year-old Zachariah Brandon Ezell and booked him as a juvenile with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office opted to charge Ezell as an adult with first-degree premeditated murder, burglary in the 1st degree, minor carrying a firearm, disorderly conduct, and endangerment.

Ezell could be facing the death penalty or life imprisonment if convicted.

No one else was injured in the shooting, and investigators are working to learn more.

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