16-year-old boy killed in Linda Vista shooting

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was behind bars Friday on suspicion of fatally shooting a 16-year-old boy during an argument in the Linda Vista area, police said.

Dispatchers received a 911 call at 6:04 p.m. Thursday regarding a shooting in the 6500 block of Kelly Street, San Diego police Lt. Chris Tivanian said.

Before officers arrived, the victim, later identified as 16-year-old Carlos Valdovinos, was taken by friends to a hospital with at least one gunshot wound to the upper body, Tivanian said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A preliminary investigation determined Valdovinos was outside a home on Kelly Street and got into an argument with a man in a vehicle, described as a tan or gold four-door sedan, then the gunman shot the victim and fled the scene, the lieutenant said.

Officers located and arrested the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Andy Phonsongkham, later that evening, Tivanian said.

Authorities have not disclosed a suspected motive for the shooting or what led investigators to identify Phonsongkham as the suspected shooter.

Phonsongkham was booked into San Diego Central Jail around 4:25 a.m. Friday, where he was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, jail records said.

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