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A teen is in custody after a juvenile was killed in an accidental shooting in east Denver Sunday afternoon, according to police.
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DENVER — A teen is in custody after a juvenile was killed in a shooting in east Denver Sunday afternoon, according to the Denver Police Department

Police said around 1:30 p.m., they were called to a reported accidental shooting on Syracuse Street near the intersection with 11th Avenue. 

The victim, identified as 14-year-old Jy'Air Johnston by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, was pronounced dead at the hospital and the manner was ruled a homicide.

Police said a teen suspect is in custody for investigation of manslaughter. Because he is also a juvenile, his name is not being released. 

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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