A high school student who was fatally shot in a residential neighborhood in Wilmington early Tuesday has been identified by Los Angeles police.
Fabian Nunez was the victim who died after a shooting occurred about 12:15 a.m. in the 900 block of West I Street, according to LAPD.
Preliminary information indicated that the 17-year-old victim was walking on the sidewalk with three other people when he was shot, apparently in the back, police Detective Jeff Tiffin told KTLA at the scene before dawn. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died.
He was identified as a student at Narbonne High School in a statement from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Remembrances for the teen filled social media.
Nunez’s name was confirmed by Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez Tuesday evening.
Detectives told the Breeze that the shooting may have been gang related and that the victim was an “associate” of gang members.
Police hoped to interview witnesses and review possible surveillance video to “get a clearer picture of what happened,” Tiffin said.
The foursome saw a vehicle park in a nearby alley after circling, another detective told the Breeze. Two of the people with the victim ran away when they saw the vehicle, Tiffin told KTLA. A shooter then walked toward the remaining pair and fired, the Breeze reported.
Three to five shots were fired, the detective told KTLA. The person remaining with the victim was not struck, Tiffin said.
Nunez lived in the area. A cousin of the victim described him as a good person and student.
“He was caring. He cared about everybody. He made everybody laugh,” the cousin said.
Crisis counselors were set to be available at Narbonne High, LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King in the district’s statement.
“On behalf of the District, I express our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends, and to the Narbonne High School community. His death is a loss to the entire L.A. Unified family,” King said.
No description of the shooter was provided.
KTLA’s Irving Last contributed to this story.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed the name of the student to LAUSD, which did not release the victim’s identity. The post has been updated.