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Times coverage: Alleged gang associate charged in fatal shooting of baby in San Fernando Valley

October 13, 2009 |  1:24 pm

Andrew Garcia, a 4-month-old Latino infant, died Sunday, Sept. 27, after he was shot at Kittridge and Sylmar streets in Van Nuys, authorities said. Alfonzo Landa, 17, has been arrested in connection with the homicide.

The following is from an L.A. Now blog post about the charge:

Prosecutors charged an alleged Blythe Street gang associate today with the killing of a 4-month-old boy shot when gang members opened fire in Van Nuys on a group they believed were rivals from another gang.

Alfonzo Landa, 17, was charged with murder, six felony counts of attempted murder and attempted carjacking for his alleged role in the slaying of Andrew Garcia, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney's office. A second suspect continues to be the target of a Los Angeles Police Department manhunt in a slaying Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called "an obscene and unspeakable tragedy."

Landa was arrested early Thursday and charged as an adult. He is due to be arraigned today in Van Nuys and is being held in lieu of $9 million bail, Robison said.

Law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said they have physical evidence that will help tie Landa to the shotgun shooting on Kittredge Street in Van Nuys. They say Landa is allegedly a Blythe Street gang associate.

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