Santa Cruz police make arrest in shooting of teen

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Updated: 6/17/2014 5:58 pm

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Police in Santa Cruz are trying to determine the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy.

Police say officers were called to an apartment around 6:45 p.m. Monday on a report that someone was suffering from a gunshot wound. A 15-year-old Watsonville boy was found dead in a bedroom, having apparently suffered a single gunshot.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately known. Santa Cruz police say there were several people in the apartment at the time of the shooting, and they recovered the firearm they believe was used.

Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel the shooting was unintentional.

A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. Police say he is a Norteno gang member, but his gang affiliation was not a motive for the shooting.

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