WILMINGTON, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Two men now face murder charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy in Wilmington last year, police said Friday.
During a news conference, Los Angeles Police Department said Damian Martinez, 21, and Gabriel Martinez, 19, were arrested this week. The two men, who police say are gang members, are believed to be cousins, according to LAPD Capt. Adrian Gonzalez.
The 21-year-old was arrested at his home in Wilmington, while Gabriel Martinez was arrested during a traffic stop in Long Beach, police said.
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“We should all be outraged that another life is being lost far too soon to gang violence,” said Eddy Wang, deputy special counsel for the US Department of Homeland Security.
The shooting took place at Denni Street and Blinn Avenue near Wilmington Park Elementary School in December 2021 and killed Alexander Alvarado, who lived in Wilmington and would have turned 13 later that month.
The gunman also hit a 30-year-old woman who was in an SUV with Alexander, and a stray bullet hit a 9-year-old girl who was in the playground at nearby Wilmington Park Elementary School, where she was attending an after-school program.
Both the woman and the girl survived.
12-year-old boy killed, 2 others injured in Wilmington shooting
According to police, the suspects approached the Dodge Durango SUV and opened fire for unknown reasons.
After the shooting, the woman in the SUV managed to drive a short distance and stopped at North Eubank Avenue near East Anaheim Street, where she and the boy were found by authorities, police said.
The arrested suspects also live in Wilmington, which Gonzalez says poses additional challenges. The LAPD believes they are in a gang and that people they suspected of committing the crime were afraid to come forward.
Both suspects were charged with murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
The City News Service contributed to this report.
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