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Update: 19-year-old arrested after teen found dead in the road

Authorities immediately said it's being investigated as a murder.
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Police arrested a suspect in connection with the discovery of a teenager's body on the side of the road earlier this week.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday a 19-year-old was taken into custody by Minneapolis police. He has not been charged as of Wednesday afternoon. (Note: GoMN generally does not name suspects before they have been charged.)

This comes after the body of 17-year-old Mohanned Abdul Hafiz Abukhdeir was found along a residential street in Fridley early Monday. Authorities said he'd been shot, but have not provided many more details.

The sheriff's office believed it was a targeted killing, not random. They're investigating it as a murder.

Investigators' findings will be sent to the Anoka County Attorney's Office for possible charges.

Read the original story from Monday afternoon below.

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a 17-year-old being shot, and ultimately left for dead along the side of a neighborhood road.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Mohanned Abdul Hafiz Abukhdeir. His body was found around 1:12 a.m. Monday in Fridley, the sheriff's office said in an earlier release, on the 7600 block of Meadowdoor Drive – a residential street just off the city's northeast border.

Dispatchers were told there was a man who was not breathing. When Fridley police officers arrived, they found Abukhdeir was dead, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office immediately said his death is being investigated as a murder, noting there was foul play.

And on Monday afternoon authorities revealed the teen died of a gunshot. Paul Sommer with the sheriff's office told GoMN they aren't divulging any more specifics about his wounds at this point.

Sommer also said they have no indication how long Abukhdeir, who was born in Fridley, may have been in the road.

The sheriff's office promised updates "as events warrant." In the meantime they're continuing to investigate along with the Fridley Police Department.

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