Teen Allegedly Shot Another at School After Seeing Money Received in Gun Sale Was Fake

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after allegedly shooting a 16-year-old boy at a Phoenix high school after the victim realized money in a gun sale was fake.

On Monday, the 16-year-old brought a handgun to Cesar Chavez High School to sell to the 15-year-old.

The sale occurred in one of the school's bathrooms. After the exchange happened, the older student realized he was given fake money, Phoenix Police Department spokesperson Ann Justus said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon, The Arizona Republic reported.

Justus said the money was a prop "that is used in the making of motion pictures."

The 16-year-old argued with the younger student about the fake money and was then allegedly shot by him.

Police say there were witnesses in the restroom during the shooting.

Phoenix police received a call that the teen had been shot in the boy's bathroom around 3 p.m., Justus said.

Justus said the weapon sold was "a poly-type gun, often referred to as a ghost gun." "People can build them, they can order parts off the internet."

Cesar Chavez High School has no metal detectors nor any school resource officers, so authorities are unsure how the gun was brought onto school property, Justus said. Authorities are also unsure about what the teen meant to use the gun for.

"Anytime juveniles are attempting to obtain, possess or sell weapons, that is something we need to look into," Justus said.

The 15-year-old is facing charges of endangerment, aggravated assault, and weapons violations relating to bringing a weapon on campus.

Over 170 school shootings have occurred in 2021, an increase from 112 in 2020, when many schools were closed, according to Statista. Tuesday, there was another school shooting in Michigan where authorities say a 15-year-old student opened fire at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, killing three and injuring several other students, according to USA Today.

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The 15-year-old who shot a 16-year-old during a gun sale had given the older teen fake money used as a prop in motion pictures, Phoenix Police Department spokesperson Ann Justus said. In this photo, a policeman stands guard as supporters and opponents of Arizona's immigration enforcement law face off during a demonstration against illegal immigration on July 31, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. John Moore/Getty Images

Police said the wounded teen remains hospitalized but is expected to survive and will face charges after release from the hospital, including weapon violations.

The 15-year-old student fled the scene and was later taken into custody at a home near the school.

Police said that boy is facing multiple charges including endangerment and aggravated assault.

The names of the two teens weren't released.

Police said the gun hasn't been located and the incident wasn't considered to be gang related.

Phoenix Union High School District sent a message to parents Monday afternoon that the campus was cleared after the incident and all other students and staff were safe.