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Five kids shot at party and one later dies. Now, three are charged with murder, police say

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Jul. 15 2021, Published 10:26 a.m. ET

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Five kids were shot while attending a party in Florida, anbd one died later. Now, police say three teens have been charged in connection to the murder.

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Around 10:30 p.m. June 24, Gainesville police said they received several calls about shots fired outside an American Legion.

Once police arrived, they found four juveniles shot outside the building and one juvenile shot inside, according to authorities.

Four of the juveniles had non-life-threatening injuries and the fifth, 12-year-old Christopher Scott, died on July 8, officials said.

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When police arrived at the American Legion, suspects fled in a stolen car. Police later spotted the vehicle and when officers tried to perform a traffic stop, the suspects fled again, officials said.

The car was eventually stopped and police recovered a stolen 9mm handgun and a ski mask, which were used in the shooting, CBS4 News reported.

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At the time, a 14-year-old was arrested and had a number of charges related to driving the car, but not the shooting, police said.

Police have also announced three other teenagers have been arrested in connection to these shootings.

Officials said Christian Theotis Jones, 16, fired the shot that killed Scott and he will be tried as an adult for murder. Javari Baptiste, 17, and Jarquezz Mitchell, 17, will also be tried as adults and have been charged with attempted murder, police said.

Previously, authorities said two people fired shots that night, but they say they can prove Jones, Baptiste and Mitchell all fired shots.


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