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After LA-area teen's shooting, a community lashes out

Nicole Santa Cruz and Maya Lau, Los Angeles Times on

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While on foot, deputies encountered a 16-year-old boy who matched the description. They spotted a handgun tucked into his pants, according to statements by the Sheriff's Department.

When they ordered him not to move, the teen ignored the deputies' commands and took off running into an apartment complex known as a gang hangout, Bergner has said previously.

After entering a courtyard, the young man turned toward the deputies and one of them fired about 10 shots. The teenager was struck "several times" in the upper body, the department said in a statement.

After the shooting, the department said, neighbors immediately flooded the courtyard and the two deputies called for additional help to control the crowd as it swelled to 30 or 40 people. Deputies believe the gun went missing during the commotion, Bergner has said. The department is hoping to speak with more witnesses as it continues the investigation.

On Thursday, Margarita Ortega, 23, stood in the courtyard of the apartment complex and told the teenager's father what she saw that night.

"I don't know why they are saying there was like 40 people out here when there wasn't," she said. "Everybody was so terrified they stayed inside their house."


John Weber, Anthony's father, listened to Ortega with tears in his eyes. He described his son as a father to an infant daughter and said the teen had recently started attending a charter school in the area. In his hand, he carried his son's ROTC uniform.

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