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Police arrest alleged gang member in Highland Park shooting

June 12, 2009 |  3:40 pm

Los Angeles police today announced the arrest of an 18-year-old alleged gang member in the shooting deaths of two teenage boys during an argument in Highland Park.

Cmdr. Bill Murphy of the LAPD's Northeast station said that on the afternoon of March 13, the victims were walking home in the 6100 block of North Figueroa Street when they were confronted by a gang member, who began arguing with them. A fight broke out and the gang member called other members of his gang for help, police said. When they arrived, one of them, Felix Gomez, allegedly shot the youths -- Alejandro Garcia, 16, and Carlos Hernandez, 15. They were pronounced dead at local hospitals.

Gomez was arrested Wednesday night at his home in Highland Park, Murphy said. Police are still looking for additional suspects, he said during a news conference at the police station. He asked residents to help identify other people in the killings and to provide more information on the crime, noting that Gomez was arrested after police received a tip.

"Help us get a conviction on this man, for a heinous crime," Murphy said "We need community support."

In April, the L.A. City Council offered a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.

-- Ruben Vives