Surveillance Video Released in Shooting Death of Downey Teen

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Surveillance video depicting a confrontation leading up to the fatal shooting of a teen in Downey was released by investigators on Thursday.

James Lyle Lieneke Jr., 19, was shot and killed while walking with two people on Woodruff Avenue, south of Firestone Boulevard, on April 19 around 2:45 a.m., according to investigators at a Thursday news conference.

Surveillance video captured by a local business showed a dark-colored sedan pulling up to the curb where Lieneke was walking before the driver exited the vehicle.

Witnesses say the driver and Lieneke had a short conversation before the driver pulled out a gun and fatally shot the teen.

The driver then immediately ran back to the car and drove away, a news released given out at the news conference stated.

Investigators have not been able to identify the driver, and asked for the public’s help in finding him.

He was described as possibly being bald, standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, and was wearing a white shirt and jeans at the time of the shooting.

Lieneke’s family spoke at the news conference Thursday, and his mother said the pain of her son’s death has only grown with time.

“I think at first I was kind of in shock and I wasn’t really feeling it until just recently, when it’s like, it’s been so much time and he is not coming home," Vivian Lieneke said.

Anyone with information or who recognized the gunman was asked to contact the Downey Police Department at 562-904-2308, Detective Robert Del Rio at 562-904-2324 or Detective Michael Galindo at 562-904-2330.

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