Arrest in fatal shooting of teen in Whittier

KABC | March 26, 2012

WHITTIER, Calif. — An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy in Whittier, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday.

Authorities arrested 19-year-old Eudiel Lopez around 5:45 p.m. Monday and booked him for murder.

Police say there was a confrontation involving a group of young men just after noon on Monday outside a market in the 9100 block of Painter Avenue. The victim, identified as Michael Soto, was shot during the confrontation.

The teen was transported to Whittier Presbyterian Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. According to one witness, Soto was shot in the head.

Authorities say deputies tracked down Lopez in the 9000 block of Painter Avenue. A handgun believed to be the murder weapon was also recovered.

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