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Suspect Arrested, Teen ID'd in Linda Vista Shooting

A suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old in Linda Vista, the San Diego Police Department said Friday.

Andy Phonsongham, 20, was arrested the night of the shooting and booked into San Diego County Jail on a murder charge, SDPD said. 

Police suspect Phonsongham shot 16-year-old Carlos Valdovinos at least one time in the 6500 block of Kelly Street Thursday night.

When police arrived to the scene at about 6 p.m., a gunshot victim had already been transferred to a nearby hospital by friends and the suspected gunman had taken off, SDPD said.

About a half hour later police confirmed that the victim died.

Investigators believe Phonsongham fired bullets from inside a gold, two-door late-80s Honda with a black stripe. The two got into some kind of confrontation prior to the gunfire, but police don't know what was said. The details were still being investigated. 

The gunman took off, prompting police to search for a man who was described as a heavy-set man, about 28 to 30 years old, SDPD said. At the time of the shooting, he was believed to be wearing a white and red baseball hat and a white shirt. 

Phonsongham was located and arrested later that evening. 

Karen was helping her kids out of her car when the shots rang out behind her.

"I've heard gunshots before, but never almost in front of me," she told NBC 7. "I feel so bad for his family."

Sean Price was hiking a nearby trail when he heard five shots fired in rapid succession, then a sixth after a short pause.

Karen is now struggling with the task of explaining to her children what happened on the same streets they run through and play.

"She has been asking me if the kid passed away, and I don't know what to say because we live here," she said.

No other information was available.

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