ATLANTIC CITY – A teenager is hospitalized after being shot tonight, police said.

Officer Marquay Cherry was in the area of North Carolina Avenue and Route 30 when he heard shots fired. He and Officer Garry Stowe found a male down with a gunshot wound about 7:30 p.m., Capt. William McMenamin said.

The 16-year-old is believed to have been shot in front of the HighGate, and then run across Route 30, where he collapsed, McMenamin said.

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He suffered one gunshot wound that went through his body, but it was unclear whether he was shot in the upper torso and the bullet exited his back, or the other way around, McMenamin said.

The shooting happened just hours after another 16-year-old was shot in the leg early Sunday morning. McMenamin said he could not say if the two are related.

The teen shot Monday night was rushed to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where his was listed in "fair" condition as of Tuesday morning.

Police are still on the scene. One man is being interviewed, but it is too soon to tell if he is involved, McMenamin said.

Detectives Neil Kane Jr.and Steve Rando are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Detective Bureau at 347-5766.

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