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Phoenix police ID 17-year-old girl found dead in car

July 5, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of 17-year-old girl who was found in a car in a south Phoenix alley.

She was identified Monday as Itzel E. Espinoza and detectives are seeking tips from the public as they investigate her death.

Officers responded to a reported shooting around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Phoenix Police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said. A caller told police they saw a woman sitting in a car who appeared to have been shot.

When officers arrived, they found Espinoza with a gunshot wound and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fortune said anyone with information should call Phoenix Police or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.