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Teen shot leaving Halloween party

first_imgPALMDALE – Halloween night turned tragic when a 14-year-old boy leaving a church get-together with his girlfriend was accosted by two young men and shot in what may have been a case of mistaken identity. The Highland High School student, whose name was not released, was hospitalized Tuesday in very critical condition, a detective said. “They were looking for an individual. It wasn’t the individual they shot,” sheriff’s Detective Bill Pickett said of the gunmen, believed to be street-gang members. “My guess is he closely resembled the person they were looking for.” The boy and girl had left the Halloween gathering at a home just before 10 p.m. Monday. As they walked along Ocotillo Drive, two young men standing across the street asked if they knew someone named “Peewee.” When the couple said they didn’t, the young men walked across the street and asked the boy if he was a gang member, the girl said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They said, do you bang? We said no. They said, yes, you do. They just shot him and took off,” said the girl, who is not being identified for her safety. The boy was left lying bleeding in the street. Both assailants had guns and opened fire, Pickett said. The boy and girl were the last guests to leave the gathering, attended by members of Praise Chapel of Palmdale. “Not even two minutes after they left, we heard gunshots,” said the man at whose house the gathering was held. He didn’t want his name used. “We’ve been praying for him.” There is no indication the wounded boy had anything to do with gangs, said Pickett, a detective in the anti-gang unit Operation Safe Streets. He said he assumed the person the gunmen were seeking was a gang member. “It is most likely gang-related,” Pickett said of the shooting. Pickett was working Tuesday sorting through the conflicting stories from witnesses and trying to figure out who the gunmen were seeking. The gunmen were described as both African-American and Latino, and some witnesses said they fled on foot while others saw them run to a car, Pickett said. They were described as about 17 to 20 years old, he said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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