13-year-old boy shot and killed at Freeport park

- Police are investigating the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy at a Freeport park. Police have now identified the victim as Juan Borja, a 7th grader at Freeport Intermediate School. 

Freeport police say the shooting happened around 5:45 p.m. at Peppermint Park in the 1200 block of West 8th Street. Police say that a man had called after he thought he heard possible fireworks at the park and then found the boy laying face down in the grass.  The teen was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead on the scene.  There were witnesses that said that juveniles appeared to be fleeing the area shortly after the shots were heard.

Officers arrived on scene and found the boy unconscious and not breathing. The teen was transported to the hospital where he died.

Police say no suspects are in custody, but they are interviewing several witnesses. If you have any information in this case, please call the Freeport Police Department at 979.239.1211.

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