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Two New York men exchange gunfire after argument, cops say. Innocent teen bystander killed.

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Aug. 10 2021, Published 10:25 a.m. ET

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Two New York men got into a heated argument, which led to them exchanging gunfire. Neither was injured, but an innocent teen was killed in the crossfire, police said.

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Around 8 p.m. on Aug. 7, police responded to a call of a person shot and once on the scene, they found Manuel Rivera, 16, with a gunshot to his upper body, according to authorities.

Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials said a man in his 30s was also shot in his upper body at the same location and is being treated at a hospital.

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According to police, a fight between Douglas Smith, 31, and Johnny Rodriguez, 21, led to the shootings.

According to investigators, “The investigation thus far has determined Douglas Smith and Johnny Rodriguez were shooting at each other when 16-year-old Manuel Rivera was caught in the crossfire and killed,” WROC reported.

Authorities said Smith was arrested in early 2020 for firing multiple gunshots into a family member’s home after an argument.

Smith posted bond and was released from custody on Aug. 3, 2020, but those charges are still pending, officials said.

Smith and Rodriguez have both been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Smith was arraigned on Aug. 9 and held Rodriguez has yet to be arraigned.


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