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Third suspect arrested, charged with murder in Monday's shooting

Posted: November 2, 2011 1:59 p.m.
Updated: November 2, 2011 1:59 p.m.

Homicide detectives have arrested a 17-year-old boy and charged him with murder in connection with Monday's fatal shooting in Canyon Country, according to a statement released today.

One man was killed and another wounded after shots were fired during an attempted robbery Monday.

Since the suspect arrested today is a juvenile, detectives with the homicide bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are not releasing his name, the statement said.

Lt. Eddie Hernandez said Tuesday that detectives had identified the person they believe is Monday's shooter.
Detectives spent yesterday looking for him.

"During their investigation, homicide detectives identified and located the 17-year-old male suspect who shot both victims," department officials said in the release.

The shooting occurred Monday afternoon at a strip mall on Soledad Canyon Road near east of Sierra Highway.

Although the names of either victim have not been officially released, friends in the area of the strip mall are mourning the death of Alejandro Torres, who they say was the man killed Monday.

Detectives said early in their investigation that the injured victim had arranged to meet four suspects to sell a Nintendo DS game system.

The suspects then tried to rob the victim which led to a fight, they said.

Another man, identified only as a good Samaritan, tried to stop the robbery and approached the suspects with a baseball bat.

One suspect produced a handgun and shot the good Samaritan in the torso.

The other victim attempted to run away, and the same suspect shot him in the right thigh.

All four suspects fled eastbound through an alley, and northbound on Soledad Canyon Road, where they were subsequently taken into custody by Santa Clarita Station deputies.

Of the four people arrested Monday in connection with the shooting, two were released after questioning Monday night and the remaining two put into custody at a juvenile facility in Sylmar.



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