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Police Step Up Patrols After Teen Shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A 16-year-old who was shot and killed Wednesday night has been identified and police have stepped up patrols near where the murder occurred.

The teen, who has been identified as Donald Troutman, was shot in the middle of the street at Washburn and North 5th. Police have released few details in the shooting but say the suspect or suspects are still on the loose. While police have not indicated if the shooting was gang related, friends and family say it wasn't.

"This was no gang related shooting or anything like that. This was a very special person to a lot of people and for something like this to happen. it's ridiculous," said Kevin, a family friend who asked that his last name not be used.

Friends and family say Troutman was a freshman at Mojave High School and played freshman basketball and football. Family members say a group of teens was supposed to meet another group and have a fight but it turned deadly.

The coroner says Troutman died from a penetrating gunshot wound to the left buttock. While some family members claim the shooting was not a gang related, some fellow students at Mojave High School say Troutman was affiliated with a gang.

In the meantime, North Las Vegas police have bumped up patrols in the area.

"We know that the victim is a high school student and there is a potential for other kids at the school and surrounding ones to be involved whether it is gang related or not. Clearly there would be a chance that more violence could erupt because of this," said Sgt. Tim Bedwell, NLVPD.

Grief counselors were made available to students at the school.