Phoenix police: 16-year-old arrested in connection to shooting that left teenage boy dead

Phoenix Police officials say they have arrested a 16-year-old in connection to a shooting that left a teenage boy dead.

According to a statement released by Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, offices were called out to a home north of the intersection of 43rd and Glendale Avenues at around 2:30 p.m. on Monday for reports of a shooting. Once officers entered the home, they found six kids ranging in age from 5 to 16. One of the six kids, identified 14-year-old Darric Appleton, was found with a gunshot injury.

"The kid brought that gun to the residence, pointed that gun, based on what he's saying. He says he accidentally shot his friend," said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with the Phoenix Police Department.

Appleton was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Officials say a 16-year-old boy left the home before officers arrived but returned to the scene a few hours later. That teen was arrested in connection to the shooting.

Police officials have yet to say where the 16-year-old got the gun. No adults were present at the time of the shooting.

"I do pray honestly for the kids," said Wudema Wolde, who lives in the area. "My heart broke when I heard the news [Monday night]."

According to a GoFundMe page posted by Appleton's family, the teen was on the Tempe High School Junior Varsity Football team, and also ran track.

Relatives of Appleton say his death was an innocent consequence of a loaded gun being in the wrong hands.