LOS ANGELES (AP)
The coroner’s office identified the 14-year-old girl who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Thursday when officers fired on an assault suspect and a bullet penetrated a wall and hit the girl while she was inside. the changing room of a clothing store.
The suspect also shot dead Thursday morning at a Burlington store in the North Hollywood area of the San Fernando Valley, police said.
The Los Angeles County coroner identified the girl as Valentina Orellana-Peralta. The suspect’s name has yet to be released.
Witnesses told KCBS-TV that a man began acting erratic, threatening to throw things from upstairs and assaulting a woman with a bicycle key just before noon when the store was packed with shoppers. holiday shopping.
Police said officers responded to a report of an assault and that others were shot. Investigators have not found a gun at the scene.
The suspect was fatally shot at the store, police said, but one of the bullets penetrated the drywall behind the man and killed the girl, who was in the changing room with her mother, police said. said.
Officers found the teen dead after seeing a hole in “a solid wall that you couldn’t see behind,” LAPD Assistant Chief Dominic Choi said.
Investigators did not immediately know if she was in the locker room before the abuse began or ran in there to hide, he said.
“This chaotic incident that resulted in the death of an innocent child is tragic and has taken a toll on all involved,” Sheriff Michel Moore said in a statement Thursday night. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of this young woman and I know no words can ease the unimaginable pain of this family.”
Moore promised to conduct a “comprehensive, complete and transparent investigation” into the shooting and said a video of the critical incident including the 911 call, body camera and other videos would be released. in Monday.
The woman who was attacked has yet to be identified.
Investigators are trying to determine if the attack was random or targeted. Choi said they did not believe the teenager was related to the person being attacked.
Choi said police found a heavy metal cable lock near the suspect’s home.
The California Department of Justice is investigating the shooting, Attorney General Rob Bonta said.
Reports showed a woman with a bloodied face, who appeared to be an assault victim, being taken to an ambulance.
Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said the victim was taken to hospital with moderate to severe injuries. Choi said she suffered injuries to her head, hands and face.
The shooting is reminiscent of a July 21, 2018 confrontation in which LAPD officers accidentally shot and killed a woman at Trader Joe’s market. Officers exchanged gunfire with a man authorities say shot her and his girlfriend before leading police on a chase that ended when he crashed his car outside the market.
A police bullet killed Melyda Corado, 27, an assistant store manager, as she ran towards the store after hearing a car crash.
Authorities said suspect Gene Evin Atkins held employees and shoppers hostage for three hours before surrendering.
Atkins has pleaded not guilty to the murder.
Prosecutors found the two officers were acting in accordance with the law when they responded to Atkins’ gunfire.
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