CRIME

Witnesses tell police: Wyoming teen shot man with gunshot wound who was begging for his life

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, Phillip Sam walks out of the Laramie County Circuit Court after his initial appearance in Cheyenne., Wyo. Sam, 16, is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tyler Burns near Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, Phillip Sam walks out of the Laramie County Circuit Court after his initial appearance in Cheyenne., Wyo. Sam, 16, is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Tyler Burns near Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)  (The Associated Press)

Witnesses told police that a Wyoming man with a gunshot wound to his stomach was begging for his life when a 16-year-old who had opened fire into a group of teens shot him in the head at point-blank range.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1pWf4JB ) Phillip Sam was in court Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 19-year-old Tyler Burns. He is being tried as an adult.

Charging documents say Sam was at a park Sunday for a fight. Prosecutors say Sam fired a gun at a group of teens that gathered and one shot hit Burns.

Sam told a detective that he shot Burns twice more because he didn't want him to suffer.

His attorney didn't return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com