• 16-year-old who was playing video games shot and killed in West Memphis, family says

    By: Jacque Masse

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    WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. - A 16-year-old died after being shot in West Memphis. 

    The shooting happened around 2 a.m. in the 2000 E. Harrison Avenue. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 16-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound.

    Family members identified the teenager shot and killed as Taylon Vail. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    Police told FOX13 multiple shots were fired.

    The teen was spending the night with his grandmother because one of his parents was out of town, according to Robert Langston, the Assistant Chief of Police. He said someone fired multiple shots from outside the home, and the gunfire struck the teen, who was in the living room.

    "I don't have any reason to believe this kid was targetted," Langston said.

    The Vail's grandmother told FOX13 he was playing video games at the time of the shooting.

    Our crew saw couch cushions outside the home that appeared to have blood on them.

    The 16-year-old was a ninth grader at West Junior High. Family members said he was a good student and a basketball player.


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    The mayor of West Memphis went to the crime scene and spoke to some of the teen's family members. He later spoke to students at the junior high school.

    The school posted about the teen's death on social media.

    This marks the sixth homicide in West Memphis this year. Three people were killed in two separate shootings less than week ago.

    RELATED: 3 dead, 1 hospitalized after multiple shootings in West Memphis

    This is an active police investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 870-732-4444.

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