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Reputed gang member arrested in Norwalk shooting of 7-year-old boy

July 22, 2010 |  5:18 pm
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have arrested a reputed gang member in connection with the shooting of a 7-year-old boy Wednesday at a local park, authorities said.

The man, identified as Charles German Vera, 21, of Norwalk was expected to be booked on suspicion of attempted murder late Thursday afternoon. He was taken into custody after deputies conducted a felony stop of the suspect on Interstate 5 near the Norwalk Boulevard exit. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.

"He was taken into custody without incident at 11 a.m.," said Capt. Pat Maxwell of the Norwalk station, who added that Vera was a "documented gang member."

The boy, whose identity was not revealed because of his age, is recovering at a hospital from a gunshot wound to the torso, sheriff's officials said.

Authorities said Vera shot at two people across the street from Holifield Park for no apparent reason, Maxwell said. The boy was about 100 yards from where the shots were fired.

Maxwell said there was no apparent motive for the shooting and that the suspect's intended targets  did not belong to a gang.

-- Andrew Blankstein