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Tustin teen dies in shooting

January 10, 2010 |  3:06 pm

A 16-year-old Tustin boy was killed early this morning in what is believed to have been a gang-related shooting, Tustin Police Sgt. Jeff Blair said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 15800 block of Myrtle Avenue about 2 a.m. but found only shell casings, Blair said. Two hours into their investigation, an anonymous 911 call came in about a gunshot victim in an apartment on the same block. The officers found and entered the apartment and discovered the body of the victim. It had sustained at least one gunshot to the upper torso, Blair said.

Police believe the victim was affiliated with a local gang and that his friends made the call to authorities after the shooting. Witnesses reported hearing a verbal altercation about gang affiliation before the shooting, Blair said.

The victim’s name was not released. No other injuries were reported.

-- Corina Knoll