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15-year-old Harbor City shooting victim identified

May 5, 2011 |  8:56 am

Map shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well as nearby homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report. Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting in Harbor City as a 15-year-old boy.

Ery Valdez was shot about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 25400 block of Senator Avenue, Los Angeles police said. He died at the scene.

[Updated at 10:05 a.m.: At least 22 homicides have been reported within two miles of the shooting since January 2007, according to coroner’s data collected for The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.]

The victim was initially described as a 25-year-old male.

The shooting remains under investigation. But police preliminary findings indicate the victim was involved in a verbal dispute with an unidentified suspect, police said.

The suspect fired several shots at the victim, striking him in the upper torso and legs, before fleeing the scene, according to authorities.

No further information was immediately available.


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Map: Shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well as 22 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report