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Slain 4-year-old was walking with sister [UPDATED]

January 13, 2009 |  9:56 pm

A 4-year-old boy walking with his sister was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon south of Angelino Heights, Los Angeles police officials reported.

LAPD Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz said that at least one person opened fire on a red car driving down the street, and one of the shots apparently struck the boy in the chest. The shooting occurred in the 1200 block of Court Street about 4:25 p.m.

"Word has gotten out that a child has been killed here," Diaz said, adding that neighbors were gathered on their front porches. 

The boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Two years ago in the same neighborhood, a 9-year-old girl was standing in the kitchen of her home as her mother rinsed dishes, when gang members drove up to a house across the street and exchanged shots with rival gang members, police said. None of the gang members were injured. But one bullet tore through the front wall of the girl's home, passed through the living room and struck the girl in the head.

The girl later died.

Updated, 9 p.m.: An earlier version of this post stated the shooting occurred in Angelino Heights. It occurred in a neighborhood south of Angelino Heights.

Updated, 9:50 p.m.: Police have identified the 4-year-old boy as Roberto Lopez. Investigators are seeking the public's help. Information can be provided anonymously through the LAPD website, lapdonline.org.   

-- Andrew Blankstein