2 teens killed in San Diego shooting linked to gangs

Police say the victims, 17 and 15, were at a party in the Valencia Park neighborhood when gang members attempted to crash the event. The shooting took place in a subsequent confrontation.
By Tony Perry
8:43 AM PST, December 6, 2008
Reporting from San Diego — Two teenagers were fatally shot early this morning during a confrontation between street-gang members and partygoers in the Valencia Park neighborhood here, police said.

Monique Palmer, 17, and Michael Taylor, 15, were at a party when gang members attempted to crash the event, San Diego Police Lt. Kevin Rooney said.

The gang members displayed handguns and yelled gang challenges, Rooney said, before leaving. Shortly after midnight, Palmer, Taylor and several other partygoers were walking on the street when two young men confronted the group and began shooting, Rooney said.

Palmer was declared dead at the scene; Taylor died at a trauma center at 1:36 a.m.

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