Boy, 16, arrested after fight over fake money led to shooting, police say

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after police say he shot a girl who got into a fight with his cousin.

On Oct. 14, a 16-year-old boy wearing a ski mask fired a shot at a 17-year-old girl who had just finished fighting with her cousin near Robinson High School, police said. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the back as she walked away. The girl was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but survived her injuries.

Witnesses told police the fight stemmed from an argument over the 16-year-old’s purchase of marijuana from a 17-year-old girl on another occasion with a fake $100 bill.

The day before the shooting, investigators said the 17-year-old and a friend had gotten into a fight with the 16-year-old boy over fake money.

Police said the boy’s relative had asked the 17-year-old to meet her at their apartment complex on South Manhattan Avenue the next day to fight, when the shooting happened.

Officers said they found one 9mm shell casing at the scene.

Through the investigation, detectives said they have identified a 16-year-old boy as the killer.

The boy was interviewed by detectives Tuesday night and they said he confessed to the shooting.

Police said the boy faces three felony charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempted second-degree murder with a firearm and aggravated assault. He was reported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

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