A 17-year-old boy died Saturday night after he was shot in an apparent gang-related drive-by, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
Police had responded to the 1100 block of North Acacia Street for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found the boy suffering from at least one gunshot wound.
He was transported to the hospital by ambulance and immediately taken into surgery, police said, but died of his wounds just before 11 p.m.
Police believe the teen was shot by gang members who then fled the scene. The teen, police say, was “completely innocent of any wrongdoing.”
Sgt. Shane Carringer told KTLA that the teen was a good kid who was not involved in gangs and was simply at the “wrong place at the wrong time.”
The teen was identified by family members as Juan Reynaga, a student and football player for Anaheim High School.
“Juan was an amazing kid. He was always happy, smiling,” said Gabriel Reynaga, Juan’s brother. “He was a hardworking kid … After school, he would come and go to work; he was a push-cart person at Walmart. He was great. One of his dreams that he had talked to me multiple times was becoming a crane operator.”
A GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses was created Sunday.
A vehicle with a damaged rear passenger-side door was left at the scene, although its connection to the case is unclear at this time.
Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation. Anyone with information about this deadly shooting is urged to contact the Anaheim Police Department at 714-765-1900. You can also submit an anonymous tip online.