16-year-old charged as an adult with murder of 13-year-old in Detroit

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- A teenager has been charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of another teenager in a Southwest Detroit neighborhood.

The Wayne County Prosecutors Office Monday announced that 16-year-old Ryan Mcleod is charged as an adult in connection with the incident in the 8320 block of Homer Street last Tuesday.

The young victim was shot once in the back, and died at the hospital.

Just before 7 p.m. on July 26, police said the victim was standing outside of his home when Mcleod drove by and fired multiple shots.

Police said Mcleod and three other suspects, all of them teens, fled the scene, but were tracked down and arrested a short time later.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference, Detroit Police Department Commander of Major Crimes Michael McGinnis said the shooter and the victim knew each other, and that the two were involved dispute over an allegedly stolen cell phone.

"...The details of the cell phone and whether it was stolen or not, that's all going to come out in the investigation," McGinnis said. "Just, ultimately, it was an argument over property that led to the death of one juvenile, and another juveniles is going to be taken away from his family for a very long time."

McGinnis said the problem of kids with guns in Detroit is "out of control," and he called on parents to "help us help them."

Mcleod is charged with one count of first-degree murder (juvenile defendant), one count of felonious assault, and two counts of felony firearm.

Mcleod was arraigned in 36th District Court Monday morning and was remanded to a youth home.

He will be back in court for a Probable Cause Conference scheduled for Aug. 15, followed by a Preliminary Examination scheduled for Aug. 22 before Judge Kenneth King.

Authorities have not released the victim's name.

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