Teen shot by AK-47-toting gunmen in Queens

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QUEENS, New York — Officials say a 17-year-old who dreamed of being a marine biologist was shot and killed by a pair of gunman — one with an AK-47 assault rifle Saturday in Queens.

The New York Daily News reported that Xavier Granville was killed after a late-night party in Far Rockaway.

“My son didn’t deserve to go out like this,” said Shakira Granville, the boy’s mother. “The pain I feel. I’m just in shock.”

Shakira Granville described her son as a cheerful teen who loved video games and the ocean.

Xavier Granville reportedly died from a bullet to the head. One witness said the shooting may be a case of mistaken identity.

The witness said the two gunmen reportedly opened fire around 12:30 a.m. as the victim was headed for home.

The second shooter was reportedly armed with a .45-caliber pistol.

A motive has not been established but officials said the incident may have been gang-related.

Read more: The New York Daily News.


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