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Gunman kills 15-year-old boy at East L.A. party

November 7, 2009 |  1:28 pm

A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed late Friday night while attending a house party in East Los Angeles, authorities said.

The shooting was reported about 11:20 p.m. in the 700 block of South McDonnell Avenue, near Whittier Boulevard, said Deputy Aura Sierra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The teen, identified by coroner officials as Jessy Acosta, got into a fight at the party with a man between 17 and 21 years old, authorities said.

The man pulled out a handgun during the fight and shot Acosta in the upper torso, then fled, Sierra said. Paramedics pronounced Acosta dead at the scene, coroner officials said.

Sheriff's investigators were interviewing some partygoers hoping to obtain information about the gunman. About 75 people were at the party. 

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Sheriff's Department's homicide squad at (323) 890-5500. Callers can remain anonymous.

-- Ruben Vives