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Police: 16-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot In Head In South Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police say a 16-year-old boy was shot once in the head and killed in South Philadelphia Monday night. The shooting happened just before 7:15 p.m. on the 1500 block of South Beulah Street.

"A 16-year-old man was sitting and talking to his friends," Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said.

Police say two teens on a bicycle rode up to the three friends on the stoop and an argument ensued.

"Appeared they had a conversation and then an argument. One of those juveniles pulled out a gun," Coulter said.

Police say the teen didn't run because he thought the shooter was holding a BB gun.

The boy was transported to Jefferson Hospital and was pronounced dead at 8:12 p.m.

"It's just tragic. The loss of young life over something that no matter what the argument was over had to be so ridiculous that you had to kill somebody over it," Coulter said.

Coulter said the shooter and the victim knew each other.

Police are searching for surveillance video, which may have captured the crime.

No arrests have been made. An investigation continues.

The shooting comes after another violent weekend in the city.

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