MONROE, N.C. -- The State Bureau of Investigation is working with detectives in Union County after a teenager was shot and killed on his way to a cookout Sunday afternoon.

According to Monroe Police, officers responded to the intersection of Hough and Everette streets around 3 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, officers found 17-year-old Kalique Farmer suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to CHS-Union, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

"This is our first homicide of the year," said Monroe Police spokesman Pete Hovanec. "And one is too many. We don't have this level of crime in Monroe in general."

Neighbors near the crime scene that spanned an entire block couldn't believe what happened.

"I thought it was a wreck," said one neighbor.

Lieutenant Bobby Manus of Monroe Police said investigators believe there may be multiple shooters involved in the shooting.

"We are led to believe that there was more than one gun involved in this incident," said Manus. "We have had issues in this neighborhood before."

No one has been arrested in connection with Farmer's death and Manus say they are looking for suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Monroe Police at 704-282-4700.