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'Good Samaritan' killed trying to stop robbery in Canyon Country

November 1, 2011 |  8:57 am

Canyon Country shooting
Three of four suspects in a Canyon Country shooting that left one man dead and another injured were teenage boys allegedly trying to steal a video game system, authorities said Tuesday morning.

Their ages were 13 to 16, and the age of the fourth suspect was still being determined, said Deputy Bill Brauberger of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. All four suspects were in custody Tuesday.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed that the person killed was a Latino but it had not yet released his name.

The incident began Monday afternoon when a man arranged to meet the four suspects in front of a strip mall to sell a Nintendo DS.

The suspects attempted to rob the man, and the second man attempted to intervene, wielding a baseball bat.

One suspect produced a handgun and shot the Good Samaritan in the torso. The man who was selling the game system was shot in the right thigh as he attempted to escape.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where the Good Samaritan was pronounced dead.

The wounded man was treated; authorities were unsure Tuesday if he had been released from the hospital.


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Photo: Suspect arrested after double shooting in Canyon Country. Credit: KTLA-TV