16-year-old boy shot and killed on Lynwood porch

Police say the boy was shot after he resisted a confrontation with a suspected gang member.
By Francisco Vara-Orta, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
8:05 AM PDT, August 8, 2008
A 16-year-old boy was shot and ki*led as he sat on a porch in Lynwood late Thursday, the second shooting in less than a week of a teenager resisting a confrontation with a suspected gang member, authorities said.

Raymond Frias was visiting a female friend in the 2900 block of Poplar Drive near Bellinger Street around 11:45 p.m. Thursday when a male walked up to him and fired a single shot into his upper body, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Thompson.

After Frias repeatedly refused to respond to the shooter’s question “Where are you from?”, the male shot the victim in the back and fled, Thompson said.

Frias was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The female friend was not injured.

No suspects have been arrested, and anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.

On Saturday, another 16-year-old boy was ki*led under similar circumstances in North Hollywood on Saturday night after failing to respond to a gang challenge, according to Det. Tim Kirkpatrick of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Edward Satterstron, a Sun Valley resident who played football for John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, was struck several times in the chest while walking near the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Roscoe boulevards about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, said Officer Julianne Sohn of the Los Angeles Police Department.

After he was shot, Satterstron walked into a nearby Taco Bell restaurant and collapsed, then was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died, Sohn said.

“There was no response to, ‘Where are you from?’ which is a typical question all gang members ask people they don’t know,” Kirkpatrick said. “But (Satterstron) wasn’t a gang member.”

On Monday, police identified the shooter as David Aranda Hernandez, 18, a Pacoima-area gang member.

Police are asking anyone with information in that case to call detectives at (818) 623-4016.

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