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Arrests made in shooting of boy in drug deal in Las Cruces

The Associated Press
February 13, 2017 07:51 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police have made arrests in the Feb. 5 shooting of a 14-year-old boy during a marijuana deal in Las Cruces.

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Authorities say two 17-year-old boys and a 21-year-old man had arranged to buy marijuana from the boy and were planning to steal drugs from him.

Police say one of the 17-year-olds pulled out a handgun during the deal, said he was going to steal marijuana and fired a round into the 14-year-old's forearm.

All three suspects fled the scene.

The 14-year-old's injuries weren't life-threatening.

The two 17-year-old boys and 21-year-old man were charged with armed robbery.

The 17-year-old boy who shot the boy also was charged with aggravated battery that caused great bodily harm.

Investigators say a 17-year-old girl was arrested on an evidence-tampering charge for disposing the gun.

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