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Police investigate shooting of 13-year-old near house fire

Kansas City police worked overnight to try to determine who shot a 13-year-old boy Sunday night near the scene of a house fire.

Police said the boy suffered a wound to his buttocks and was admitted into a hospital. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The shooting occurred near Scarritt and Lawn avenues shortly after firefighters knocked down a roof fire in the 100 block of N. Van Brunt Boulevard.

Police said tensions had flared in a group of people at Scarritt and Lawn before the 6 p.m. fire. The bad feelings quelled somewhat but were reignited as some in the group watched firefighters fight the blaze and someone began "talking trash," police said.

Several people then got in a car, drove around the block and started shooting. That's when the teen was hit.

Police don't know if the boy was the intended target or the victim of a stray bullet. Detectives were continuing to investigate the identities and whereabouts of the suspects.

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