Teen arrested in connection to shooting in Jupiter

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A 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection to a shooting Wednesday night at 145 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter police said.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, 22-year-old Kevin Yepez, got into a parked car with the teen, according to police. While in the car, they got into a fight and a gun was pulled out.

As they struggled for the gun, it went off and struck Yepez, police said. The teen then drove off while Yepez was still in the car and forcefully pushed him out of the car before fleeing the area.

However, police say Yepez was able to call a friend who picked him and up and drove him to the hospital, where he's currently recovering.

The teen, who police are not identifying, was later found and taken into custody, according to police. He's facing charges of armed robbery, armed kidnapping, aggravated battery with a firearm and resisting arrest without violence.

Police say this is still an active and ongoing investigation.