Los Angeles police want to shed light on teenage girl’s death by stray gunshot


A 14-year-old girl was killed in a changing room by a stray bullet fired by a police officer responding to an assault in the store, Los Angeles police said Monday, Dec. 27, which opened an investigation and will release the information. videos of the incident.

The drama took place on December 23 at a clothing store in North Hollywood, near Los Angeles, where police were called to « an armed attack« In progress, according to the police statement. When they arrived, the police found a woman bleeding « suffering from various injuries», Not far from a suspect. They opened fire on him, killing him on the spot.

«Unbeknownst to the police, a 14-year-old girl was in a dressing room on the other side of a wall directly behind the suspectAnd it was only after the shooting that officers discovered the teenager had been fatally shot. « According to the first elements of the investigation, it seems that the victim was struck by one of the bullets fired by a police officer at the suspect.», Notes the press release.

«A chaotic incident»

Valentina Orellana-Peralta was shopping with her mother in preparation for her fifteenth birthday, the « quinceaneraAn extremely important coming of age ceremony in Latin America and among some Hispanic communities in the United States. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore lamented “a chaotic incident that resulted in the death of an innocent child« Apologized to the family and pledged to shed some light »on the circumstances that led to this tragedy».

As such, he asked that emergency calls, radio exchanges, images from on-board cameras and video surveillance be made public on Monday. According to local media reports, no firearms were found in the possession of the suspect, a 24-year-old man already on charges of domestic violence, who allegedly used a heavy metal padlock to strike his victim.

One of the main civil rights organizations for Hispanic Americans, Lulac, strongly criticized the conditions under which the police intervened on Monday. « It is unacceptable that Los Angeles cops could have opened fire at a crowded store during the height of Christmas shopping without knowing for sure if the suspect was armed», Reacted the president of Lulac, Domingo Garcia.

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