Teen Shot to Death in East L.A. ID’d

By City News Service


Authorities have released the name of a 16-year-old boy killed in a shooting on an East Los Angeles sidewalk that apparently was captured by a security camera.

A second juvenile male was wounded in the shooting, which happened about 9 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of Fraser Avenue, Deputy Don Walker of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said.

The deceased victim’s name was Francisco Cuevas, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. She did not know Cuevas’ city of residence.

Video from a nearby business appears to show the moment when the two
were shot.

A videographer, who made a copy of the video, said it appears to show a muzzle flash and then four pedestrians running from the scene.

Walker said three juveniles, all aged 16-18, were standing outside a residence when an SUV pulled up nearby, a suspect carrying a firearm exited the passenger side, walked up to the trio and opened fire.

Two of the three were struck by gunfire, with the third uninjured, Walker said. The victims were taken to a hospital, where Cuevas was pronounced dead and the other was in stable condition.

The SUV turned into a nearby alley and sped away, Walker said.

The video was contained within one of four divided screen views from the four security cameras attached to the building, the videographer said.

Walker said preliminary information indicated the shootings may be gang-related.

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