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Teen Shot Dead in Highland Park

(CNS) – A 16-year-old boy was shot to death in an apparent gang attack last Saturday in Highland Park, according to police.

It happened about 8:45 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of North Avenue 51, according to Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers patrolling the area near North Avenue 52 and Figueroa Street heard multiple gunshots and when they responded to the scene, they discovered an unresponsive male on the ground. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, Joseph said.

Detectives believe two suspects approached the victim and shot him, then fled the scene in a dark-colored mid-size vehicle. “The motive for this homicide appears to be gang-related,” Joseph said.

Authorities urged anyone with information regarding this shooting death to contact LAPD Northeast homicide detectives at (323) 344-5744 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.