Kingman teen shot in fight over girl

KINGMAN - A planned fistfight between two groups of teenagers ended with one of them shot in the legs at about midnight Saturday at Centennial Park.

According to Kingman Police Sgt. Bob Fisk, a 17-year-old male fired five to six rounds from a handgun into a car. One of those rounds pierced the juvenile driver's door, grazing the top of his left knee before embedding in his right thigh. The bullet had not been removed as of Thursday morning, said Fisk.

The fight was arranged in advance to take place at the park. The cause was apparently a dispute over a girl, said Fisk.

"One guy brought a gun to a fistfight," he said. "This could have ended bad. Fortunately, nobody was killed."

Three boys arrived in one car and four in a second.

The boys told police the weapon, which has not been located, was a 9 mm handgun, but Fisk said the evidence indicates it was a .380.

The shooter told police his intent was to fire the gun into the engine blockin order to disable it.

"He said he was scared he was going to get beat up," said Fisk.

The delay in releasing information on the shooting, he said, was due to an ongoing investigation that includes a search for the weapon as well as a search for other boys that were involved.

"One went to Colorado, we heard," he said. "We don't know why he's running, and one kid went to the hospital."

Fisk said the boys that have been questioned have not been forthcoming regarding the location of the gun - a serious source of concern for police.

"One story was an out and out lie," said Fisk. "We were able to disprove that pretty quick. Then he said he threw it on the side of the road, but we searched that area. We think one of the two kids that was with him ditched it."

The shooter, said Fisk, has a history with the KPD. He was arrested and remains in custody.

Fisk said the Kingman Police Department does not release the names of juveniles, but he also believes the shooter will be tried as an adult in the case.

"It's my understanding he's already been transferred to (the Mohave County jail)," he said.

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