GUADALUPE, Ariz. - An investigation is underway after a teenager was shot and killed early Monday morning in a Guadalupe neighborhood.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the scene just before 1 a.m. on Aug. 15 near Avenida del Yaqui and Calle Magdalena for reports of shots fired. Once there, deputies found a 15-year-old boy who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"No suspects were located and detectives are investigating," MCSO said in a statement.
Police said in response to the Guadalupe shooting, "false claims" of an active shooter were made Monday at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe.
Victim identified by mother
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has not officially identified the victim, but a woman says it is her son.
Blanca Longoria says the shooting stemmed from a fight that her son, Elias, had gotten into at Marcos de Niza High School last week. Blanca also said she and Elias planned to go to his school Monday morning to apologize to the other students who were involved in the fight.
"Over a fight at school, kids at school. They had to do this to him. Why did they have to kill him? Why couldn't they just do it like they did before – throw hands and that's it. Why do you have to kill my son?" Blanca said to FOX 10's Danielle Miller.
Blanca said her son told his friend that he was being followed by someone in a black car late Sunday night.
"They shot him from the back, only cowards do that," Blanca said. "Why did they have to shoot him? Why did they have to take him from me? From his little brother and sister, from my family."