15-year-old boy suffers critical gunshot wounds; police searching for suspect

15-year-old boy suffers critical gunshot wounds; police searching for suspect
Suspect's vehicle at 1902 1st Street
Suspect's vehicle at 1902 1st Street

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A 15-year-old boy is at UMC with critical gunshot wounds and police are searching for a suspect in a Wednesday night shooting that happened around the 2900 block of Beech Street.

Police responded to reports of shots fired around 7 p.m. Early reports say the shooter fled the scene and has led officers on a chase.

Police, some of them on horseback, set up a perimeter for several blocks, shutting down traffic and preventing homeowners from getting in their houses.

Amherst and Auburn are back open, 1st and Redbud to 1st and Zenith were the only streets shut down as of 8 p.m.

Police were able to locate the suspect's vehicle, a two-door Chevrolet Camaro, at 1902 1st Street.

Investigators are calling it a "group-related" crime. Police are still collecting evidence, but they say the boy's injuries are severe.

Police spokesman Lt. Ray Mendoza said, "We think it's critical enough, he might pass from it."

The suspect is described as a male in a white shirt and jean cargo shorts.

The search continues, and we'll continue to update this story as we learn more.

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