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1 Boy Killed, Another Shot As Denver Homicide Rate Grows

DENVER (CBS4) - Police say a teenage boy died after being shot late Saturday night in northeast Denver. Another teenage boy was shot and suffered a non-life threatening injury. Both victims are believed to be 17 years old.

The shooting happened during a party in a garage near Albrook Drive and Atchison Way. Both victims were driven to the hospital by friends or family.

Police did not release any suspect information and say the circumstances to the shooting are under investigation.

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On July 8, Denver police found two teenage boys who had been shot and killed at 12295 Albrook Drive -- less than a mile away from Saturday night's shooting on Atchison Way.

Police told CBS4 on Sunday they do not believe the two shootings are related.

"It's obviously concerning, obviously troubling. It's something we monitor. But it's unclear whether the suspects are also juveniles," Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman said.

Police have not said if anyone is in custody for the previous shooting.

On July 9, Denver's Chief of Police, Paul Pazen, said the city is seeing a rash in deadly crimes, like shootings, with a more than 40% jump in homicides so far this year compared to same period last year.

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"We have had people being killed in our city over parking spots, killed over animals… killed in ways that really cause us all concern and we really need to understand, what's driving that," Pazen said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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