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Birthday Party Shooting

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) _ A Wellington birthday party turned deadly when one guest shot another guest twice in the chest.

The victim, 18-year-old Jason Payne, died at the scene yesterday. The suspect, 19-year-old William Wilkerson, tried to flee, but authorities caught up with him. He has been charged with murder.

A deputy was patrolling the area when he heard gunshots and decided to investigate. He found the suspect running from the apartment complex.

Authorities say the two had been arguing over a girl when the gunfire erupted.


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