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Tucson police: Teen boy dies after being shot by friend in east-side home

Tucson police: Teen boy dies after being shot by friend in east-side home

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A teen boy died Monday, a day after being shot by a friend showing off a loaded gun in a home on Tucson’s east side on Sunday afternoon, police say.

At about 2:30 p.m., Roman Serna, 17, was visiting the home in the 7300 block of East Marigold Circle when the shooting occurred, a Tucson police news release said.

The friend’s mother, who was at the home, reported the incident to police.

Officers found Serna unresponsive inside and he was taken to Banner-University Medical Center in life-threatening condition. He succumbed to his injuries Monday morning, police said.

Homicide detectives determined that the friend was showing Serna the loaded gun when it “discharged, striking the victim,” the news release said.

No further information was released.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 88-CRIME, an anonymous tipster line.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or

On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.

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