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Teen Hospitalized After Shooting

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KENNEWICK, Wash.

Gunfire interrupted a quiet Tuesday afternoon in a Kennewick neighborhood. Neighbors reported hearing a gun shot and then seeing a teen boy bleeding from the head.

The sixteen year old boy is expected to be OK, it seems the bullet may have just grazed his forehead. He was alert and able to speak with officers, but he said he wasn't even sure if he was shot because no one saw a gun.

Officers did tell NBC Right Now that his injury is consistent with a gun shot wound.

Witnesses's told police that after hearing one loud "popping" sound around 2 p.m. they saw a car speed out of the neighborhood. Kennewick Police say they believe the incident may have been gang related, and they're actually familiar with both the victim and the neighborhood.

"There was information of a potential gang fight brewing just a block from there within the last hour. The victim was one of the kids we detained at that time," said Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin.

Jan Wensveen is one of several people who witnessed the incident."Some guy comes running out of his house, chasing him down, like he's gonna stop him. And then his buddy comes out, the same guy the police dropped out, bleeding from his head, holding his head," he told NBC Right Now.

Around 3 p.m. a K-9 unit was brought out to the scene to look for the gun that may have been used. Police do have a suspect in custody, along with other people they believe may have been involved. As new details are released, we'll make sure to keep you updated.

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