Gang attack goes wrong; boy killed

first_img [email protected] (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 16-year-old gang member was killed when he was apparently shot by a member of his own gang during a botched attempt to fire at someone else, police said Thursday. Marcus King of Lancaster was shot multiple times at Peoria Street and Kewen Avenue in Sun Valley at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after a friend fired shots at a sport utility vehicle, Los Angeles police Detective Frank Bishop said. Police believe King and two other gang members attempted to ambush a white SUV, which they believed belonged to a rival gang member. King stood on one side of the street, and the others – Carlos Cortez, 18, of Sun Valley and a 16-year-old juvenile – stood on the other side. When the car drove by, Cortez opened fire, hitting the car several times – and striking King, who was on the other side of the car. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“They acted in concert to attempt to assault the people in the car,” Bishop said. “One suspect shot at the white sport utility vehicle numerous times. Right now, we’re not sure if the people in the car were victims or suspects. We’re assuming they were victims of a shooting.” Cortez and the juvenile were arrested on suspicion of homicide. Cortez is being held with bail set at $1.08 million. Police did not release the name of the other suspect, a 16-year-old from Sun Valley, because he is a juvenile. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Cortez and the juvenile attempting to give aid to King. He was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was pronounced dead at midnight, Bishop said. Officers recovered Cortez’s gun at the scene, officials said. Police are searching for the passengers of the white SUV, which should have bullet holes on the passenger side. Anyone who has information on the shooting, or has seen a car that matches that description, is asked to call Foothill-area homicide detectives at (818) 834-3115, or (818) 756-8861 after normal business hours. last_img

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