A 14-year-old boy died after it appeared he accidentally shot himself in the head on Saturday evening, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies from the department’s East Los Angeles Station responded to the 3500 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue at approximately 6:10 p.m. and found the teen lying in an alley with a single gunshot wound to the head, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.
The victim was rushed to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Authorities have not released his name.
Based on witness accounts, investigators believed the teen — allegedly a documented member of a local street gang — was handling a loaded firearm when he “unintentionally” shot himself, the release stated.
It remained unclear how he obtained the handgun.
As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives said they were still looking to speak with additional people who were at the location when the shooting occurred.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Those who would like to leave an anonymous tip have been asked to contact Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477, texting the letters TIPLA and a tip to 274637, or by going to the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.