SANTA ANA – Police arrested a juvenile Saturday in connection to Friday’s suspected gang-related shooting that left a teenager dead.
Officers responding to reports of someone being shot in the 1900 block of South Cedar Street about 3:45 p.m. Friday found a 17-year-old who had been struck in his upper torso, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Investigators believe the boy was struck once from multiple gunshots fired from about 40 yards away. It wasn’t immediately clear what precipitated the shooting.
The boy was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities are not releasing the teen’s name until family is notified.
Authorities detained two juvenile boys believed to be connected to the shooting Friday, who were released. Investigators obtained new information that led them to the arrest of a different juvenile, who was booked Saturday on suspicion of murder.
Police received reports Friday that two young males were seen running from the area after the shooting, one of whom was reportedly holding a semiautomatic handgun, Bertagna said. The male with the gun was reportedly wearing black jeans, a green, hooded sweat shirt and a black bandanna, Bertagna added, while the other male was wearing a light shirt and blue jeans.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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