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Teenage girl fatally shot in Chino Valley ID'd; man arrested

Posted at 12:52 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 15:52:55-04

CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have identified a 16-year-old girl who was fatally shot near Chino Valley and say a man has been arrested in the case.

Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say 19-year-old Johnathan Rice of Chino Valley is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder.

It was unclear Monday if Rice has a lawyer yet.

Sheriff's officials say Aneesa Williams of Chino Valley was declared dead at the scene Sunday evening after being shot in the head.

They say Rice was among a group that was having a party east of Chino Valley and allegedly drinking alcohol.

Authorities say Rice had a revolver and was reportedly firing the gun randomly.

At one point, while the group was inside the bed of a pickup truck, authorities say Rice fired a shot that struck Williams.