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10:20 a.m. UPDATE: Police say the teen is on a school track team, but practice was over by 5:43 p.m. He boarded a school bus after practice, but police do not know what his whereabouts were before he was shot.

NEWPORT NEWS -- A 17-year-old boy was shot Tuesday night while walking home after an earlier track practice, Newport News Police say.

It happened around 10 p.m. near Wickham Place and 19th Place in the East End.

Officers patrolling near the area heard the gunshots and went to investigate. At the same time, calls were made to the police dispatcher about a gunshot victim.

Officers found the teen on the ground and say he'd been shot several times in his lower torso and legs. He was rushed to the hospital with what detectives say are life-threatening injuries.

People who live in the area say they heard as many as a dozen shots. One youngster who didn't want to be identified says he ran to see if his friend was okay, but the teen couldn't talk.

'I know him really well, ' the man said. 'We are best friends, I just spoke to him yesterday morning,' he added.

Investigators spent about five hours looking for clues and talking to potential witnesses and finally left the scene just before 3 a.m.

Investigators have no evidence that the teen was the target of the shooting, said police spokesman Harold Eley.

There was no immediate information about suspects, a motive or the circumstances of the shooting.

Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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