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Questions surround shooting death of Huntsville teen

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A teenager was shot and killed and now police are trying to figure out how it happened.

The call came in to 911 just before 8 o'clock Friday morning at a home on the 2400 block of Hammonds Avenue in Huntsville.

Huntsville police have identified the young man as 15-year-old Malik Bradford.

They haven't been able to release much else about what happened, but neighbors who spoke to WAFF 48 News said they're shocked by this tragedy in their usually quiet neighborhood. 

Residents of a Northwest Huntsville neighborhood woke up to the sounds of police and ambulance sirens.

"I did hear some sirens, but I'm right at the back of University, so I just thought it was ambulances going up and down University Drive," said Mattie Gaines, a local pastor who lives near the shooting scene. 

Community members would later learn 15-year-old Malik Bradford had been shot on Hammonds Avenue, between Moore and Powers Avenues.

Paramedics performed CPR on Bradford and rushed him to Huntsville Hospital, where he died.

Huntsville police said an 18-year-old friend of the teen was taken in for questioning, but at this point investigators have not yet determined the circumstances surrounding Bradford's death-- whether he was shot accidentally or intentionally.

"It's hard, because you don't know what happened to him and the reason it happened to him," said Scarlet Metcalfe, another concerned neighbor.

Metcalfe said Bradford's death is a tragic reminder that more has to be done for the youth of the community.

"Because we have a lot of young people on this street and in this area that do need guidance and you know, they need something to do," Metcalfe said.

Gaines agreed with her neighbor. 

"Back in the day, everybody on the street was your parents. So we just have to continue to watch our young people and just help them in this day and time," she said.    

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