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Police Release the Name of Murdered Teen

Lansing police say 16 year old Lavon Edward Wilson was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a drive-by shooting.

It happened near the corner of N. Jenison and Maple Street around 3:00 a.m.

Police say an SUV was driving toward a group of people standing outside a house along the 1000 block of N. Jenison when shots rang out from the car. Investigators tell 6 News a total of at least 10 people were inside and outside the home.

However, it's unclear how many people were inside the SUV.

Captain Yankowski says it's still early into the investigation and knows there are still a lot of questions to be answered. He added, "We're not sure why these particular person or persons chose to shoot these people. As we work through the investigation, we'll hopefully develop a motive as to why they would do such a horrific crime."

Officers responded to find two people hurt. One was a 24-year-old who was hit by a bullet but is expected to survive.

The other was the 16-year-old boy, who was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead at 3:41 a.m.

His name has not been released.

Neighbors in the area are shocked and concerned about what happened.

One man told 6 News, "It's kind of scary because we have children in the neighborhood. It's just sad a child has lost his life."

Another man said he wasn't sure if he heard gunshots. "I thought it was firecrackers. They went off all day yesterday, all night & that somewhat confused me because I got up and looked out. I looked to the south and I looked to the north, I didn't see anything, but I heard pop, pop, pop."

At this time, Yankowski says there is no indication that this was a random shooting.

"It's disturbing to us as a police department & as a community," he said. "Whenever a life is lost in the city in a senseless act of violence at such an early age, is tragic, especially with our youth, it makes it a little bit more difficult."

It's the second killing in a week in Lansing. A 34-year-old woman was shot near the city's fireworks celebration on the 4th of July.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward. You can call 483-4600 or leave an anonymous tip by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 517-483-STOP (7867).

Maria Hechanova has been following this story and will have more neighbor reaction tonight on 6 News at 6 p.m.

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