Gas Station Surveillance camera catches 16-year-old shooting into car

STREETGANGS.COM | May 28, 2008

Northeast Los Angeles – A 16-year-old Avenues gang member shoots into SUV hitting driver after a verbal altercation. He shoots driver in the arm, but one of his bullets hits 14-year-old female sitting in back seat of another SUV in adjacent lane directly in her eye, killing her.

The driver survived the shooting and suffered injuries to his right arm and he was able to drive himself home, where he was later transported to the hospital.

Ironically, the shooter actually knew the family of the unintended victims in the second SUV that you can see turning right at the intersection after the shooting and into the Rite Aid parking lot after the girl was shot in back seat.

The 16-year-old was charged with:

1. Attempted murder – GUILTY
1b. (+ gang enhancement) – NOT TRUE
1c. (+gun enhancement) – TRUE
2. 1st degree murder – GUILTY
2b. (+ gang enhancement) – NOT TRUE
2c. (+ gun enhancement) – TRUE

The minor was charged as an adult and was sentenced to 82 years in prison, 25 years for 1st degree murder, 7 years to life for attempted murder, 25 years for gun enhancement, plus an additional 25 years for the 2nd gun enhancement.

Location: Avenue 64 & York Boulevard, Highland Park, Northeast Los Angeles (NELA)

UPDATE: Ruiz appealed his convictions

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